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Perfect Bayesian Equilibrium for banks

I'm reading this paper on credit lending cycles and trying to understand how it works for the case of one bank. This is the set-up of the model: There are two players, a bank and the market. There ...
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How compensating balance works?

Assume a clothing store needs a 100,000 line of credit (LOC) to manage its operating cash flow each month. The store plans to use the LOC to make inventory purchases at the beginning of the month, ...
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Why was the Bank of England nationalized after World War 2?

After the Second World War the new Labour government nationalised the Bank of England. Did this give the British Government any new capabilities? For example, could the Government print money before ...
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Lifeboat vs bailout

I have encountered the term lifeboat in these two contexts: Floating a “lifeboat”: The Banque de France and the crisis of 1889 The 1974 rescue in the UK's secondary-banking crisis. Is the term ...
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Since the financial crisis, what measures have been taken to solve the too-big-to-fail problem?

Ben Bernanke (2010): If the crisis has a single lesson, it is that the too-big-to-fail problem must be solved. So, what measures have been taken to solve the too-big-to-fail problem? To what ...
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Where does the value of implicit government banking guarantees end up?

Post-Lehman a widespread political agenda has established to minimize implicit government guarantees to banks. However, in the buid-up of new banking regulations, lending to small and mid-sized ...
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Bail-in and equity absorbing losses

Below we have a diagram for a bail-in. According to it, as the big company/bank takes a loss in the asset side, the first to absorb those losses, in the liabilities side, is equity. How is this ...
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Measuring demand for banking services - (Maximum) Market Size

I am in need of a variable measuring "demand for banking services" in general, on a country level. Specifically the (maximum) size of the market for banking services for a given country. This will be ...
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What will happen to the reserves at the Fed?

Banks currently have 2.7 trillion Federal Reserves that they hold at their Federal Reserve account. It's part of the monetary base and these reserves were created when the Fed purchased bonds in their ...
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How does an increase in the minimum reserve requirement affect the monetary base?

Monetary base is defined as currency+currency held by banks+deposits of banks at central bank. We assume that the current reserve is below the minimum reserve requirement. Which component of monetary ...
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Why do commercial banks buy government bonds at negative interest rates instead of keeping cash?

I know commercial banks need to meet liquidity requirements, but why would they choose to invest their money in an instrument that is guaranteed to give them a negative return, instead of just keeping ...
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Investments during recession

During Recession, banks loans decrease which leads to financial constraints and ultimately Investment suffers and declines. my question is - "Are loans lower because of demand or supply?" My ...
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One Week U.S. GC REPO Bid Rate Exceeds Ask Rate

I have recently downloaded a time-series of one-week U.S. Generalized Collateral Repurchase Agreement Rates from Bloomberg (Ticker: USRGCY1Z CURNCY). While looking through the data, I noticed that the ...
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Can a bank have deposits at another bank?

Can a bank create an account at another bank and get a loan in the form of deposits at that bank? If so, could these deposits at the other bank be used to satisfy the first bank's reserve/liquidity ...
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Real Income and a Fixed Money Supply

What would happen to nominal income and wages if the money supply were fixed (100% reserve banking). Would real wages increase, even though nominal wages would stay the same or even decrease?
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“The odds of a bailout in the next century are still nearly 70%.”

In a 2017 Wall Street Journal op-ed, President of the Minneapolis Fed, Neel Kashkari, wrote: The odds of a bailout in the next century are still nearly 70%. I found it surprising that anyone could ...
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How does the central bank fund open market operations?

This may seem like an extremely simple question, but I have been unable to find any satisfactory information on this. How, practically, does the central bank generate the funds to purchases ...
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Bank Runs During the 1930s

Why were there numerous banks run right after the stock market crash of 1929? Why would a bank fail because the stock market crashes?
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financial crisis '08: what is it meant by the banks were saved by the states?

Were banks literally saved with tax payers' money? Or is it that states borrowed the banks, consequently, the banks must return this money back at some point? Can someone please give me some ...
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What qualifications does a bank need to create USD funds?

It is my understanding that, while any entity can create dollar-denominated assets (stocks and bonds) and sell them on the open market, only banking institutions in the United States can engage in ...
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What were the liquidity requirements prior to Basel III?

I am investigating the impact of enforcing the Basel III liquidity requirements with a focus on the LCR. I have found some information about regulations in fore prior to Basel III in Sweden and ...
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Explaining the size of the canadian banking sector

Canadian banks are among the largest in the world and I think that only the UK compares in terms of having your economy dominated by banking. Of course some of the US banks are much larger but so is ...
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How does the private bank reserve increase when money is being withdrew?

The federal government raises 400 million by selling bonds to the general public in order to pay for a construction program. The program cost 440 million so the government withdraws 25 million from ...
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Do you have a list of books about the evolution of the banking sector?

I'm looking for interesting books to read about the banking sector. Topics: Changes in the banking sector, Adaptation of financial services in the digital age, European and US banking regulations ...
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Why is Double-entry Bookkeeping always equal? (Part 2)

In this question, with answer here Destroying the Dollarhypothetically a hack is used to trick whatever programme is used to make sure accounts balance, so say a transfer is made from Bank manager A ...
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A country with dual payment system

Is there any country with dual domestic payment system? For instance, in the USA there are CHIPS or Fedwire both help wire transfer of USD within the USA. They give services to international ...
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Is Eurodollar borrowing close substitute for Fed funds borrowing?

It is often stated that eurodollar borrowing is clost substitute for Fed funds borrowing. In other words, when US banks cannot fund themselves domestically, they might go to the eurodollar market and ...
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Is the ECB a lender of last resort for european governments?

One of the usual functions of a Central Bank is to be the last resort of commercial banks, and governments. Does the ECB behave in this usual way toward European Governments? What about toward banks?...
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What are the costs of requiring banks to have more equity?

In The Bankers' New Clothes: What's Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It (2013), Admati & Hellwig recommend much higher equity requirements: Requiring that banks’ equity be at least on the ...
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Relative importance of the federal funds market in the post-2009 US economy

In the pre-financial crisis US economy, depository institutions had almost no excess reserves. Hence, it would make sense for some banks to have shortages of reserves and some with excess of reserves. ...
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What are the differences between hedging with swaps, options or futures?

For instance if a bank wants to hedge against interest rate risk, it could use interest rate swaps, or options or futures contract. Or in any other example, when a manager is hedging against risks. ...
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Bank lending rate & ROE

When a bank lends money to a company, does the bank (typically) demand an interest rate higher or lower than the ROE (Return on Equity)? I have always thought they demand a higher interest rate but I ...
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Must US Treasury backstop US Federal Reserve?

The Constitutional Case for the Fed's Treasury Backstops | Cato @ Liberty writes no, I think? But I don't quite understand the financial terms iike "lever-up", backstop", "helicopter money". I looked ...
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What is the difference between the discount window and Fed repos?

I'm wondering how the Fed's discount window differs from it's involvement in the repo market. To the best of my knowledge, both are tools used to conduct monetary policy and both are also short-term, ...
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Fed vs Treasury: 2008

Re-visiting the issue of the Troubled Assets Relief Programme (https://www.thebalance.com/tarp-bailout-program-3305895), both the Treasury and the Federal Reserve had a role to play in the "bailout". ...
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How do I find monthly domestic interest rates for Panama for the early nineties?

I am looking for monthly domestic interest rates for Panama from before December 1996. Any type of interest rate will suffice - deposit rate, money market rate, saving rate, lending rate. The time ...
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What happens to net assets in case of increasing NPAs(Non-Performing assets)?

The bank's profit is measured as Return on Assets which is the ratio of Bank’s net profits and Net assets. In case of increasing NPAs, the bank's net profits will decrease, but what will happen to ...
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Can the New Development Bank by BRICS countries compete with World Bank or IMF?

The BRICS countries have created the New Development Bank with an initial pool of $100 billion. What factors will determine if the NDB can ever compete with World Bank, ADB or the IMF?
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Why was the Glass-Steagall Legislation enacted?

I realize that the part of the reason the Glass-Steagall act was enacted was to ensure that banks do not invest customer's deposits into risky securities, but what was the rationale for separating ...
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What would be the possible effect on a country's economy if private banks are declared as non-profit?

Suppose, there are 100 banks in a country. 50 of them are government owned. What would be the possible effect on a country's economy if private banks are declared as non-profit? I.e. they can not ...
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Does only enough money exist to pay the principal on all debts, and none for the interest or for anything else?

This is reported to be the testimony of Marriner Eccles, Governor of the Federal Reserve Board, before the House Committee on Banking and Currency, on September 30, 1941. Does this mean that only ...
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Transparent Fractional-reserve banking as an alternative to the current system

I come from a layman perspective, but I've been trying to understand macroeconomics and finance. Currently I'm struggling with the current topic. Here I'm not worried about the system transition just ...
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Shouldn't the total global debt amount to zero and not $253 trillion?

In Jan 2020, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) came out with a report (read summary here) that the total global debt is expected to climb to a new all-time high of more than $257 trillion ...
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Why don't we mint more m0 instead of creating m1 through fractional reserve banking?

From what I understand, m1 money is just as liquid as m0 since an individual can withdraw it from the bank at any time and in any quantity (up to the amount (s)he deposited). Because of this I don't ...