Chapter 10. Banking and the Management of Financial Institutions. What to Learn ?. How Banking is conducted to earn the highest profits? Why Banks make loans? How they make loans? Assets and Liabilities of a Bank? The Bank Balance Sheet. How Banks make Income?
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Banking and the Management of Financial Institutions
Total Assets = Total Liabilities + Capital
Liabilities : Source of Funds
Nontransaction deposits (Savings deposits, CDs, Time Deposits)
Borrowings (From Fed as discount loans, corporations, other banks)
Bank capital (Gained by selling Stocks)
Assets : Uses of Obtained Funds
Cash items in process of collection
Opening of a checking account at Bank of America with $100 cash leads to an increase in the bank’s reserves equal to the increase in checkable deposits. The Balance sheet is as follows; (100% Reserve Banking)
E.g. Prepare the Balance sheet of the US Bank. Use the following information for your answer.
Suppose bank’s required reserves are 10%
If a bank has ample excess reserves, a deposit outflow does not necessitate changes in other parts of its balance sheet
Reserves are a legal requirement and the shortfall must be eliminated.
Excess reserves are insurance against the costs associated with deposit outflows.
Solution: Borrow from FED, Corporations, other Banks etc… / sell existing securities / Reduce Loans
Cost incurred is the interest rate paid on the borrowed funds
The cost of selling securities is the brokerage and other transaction costs
Borrowing from the Fed also incurs interest payments based on the discount rate
Reduction of loans is the most costly way of acquiring reserves.
Calling in loans antagonizes customers.
Other banks may only agree to purchase loans at a substantial discount.
1. Seek the highest possible returns on loans and securities.
2. Reduce risk
3. Have adequate liquidity
Find borrowers who will pay high interest rates and have low possibility of defaulting.
2. Purchase securities with high returns and low risk.
3. Lower risk by diversifying.
4. Balance need for liquidity against increased returns from less liquid assets.
Recent phenomenon due to rise of money center banks.
Expansion of overnight loan markets and new financial instruments (such as negotiable CDs).
Checkable deposits have decreased in importance as source of bank funds
Bank capital helps prevent bank failure.
The amount of capital affects return for the owners (equity holders) of the bank.
Benefits the owners of a bank by making their investment safe.
Costly to owners of a bank because the higher the bank capital, the lower the return on equity.
Choice depends on the state of the economy and levels of confidence.
Screening and Monitoring
Specialization in lending.
Monitoring and enforcement of restrictive covenants
Long-term customer relationships.
Collateral and compensating balances.
If a bank has more rate-sensitive liabilities than assets, a rise in interest rates will reduce bank profits and a decline in interest rates will raise bank profits
Basic gap analysis:
(Rate sensitive assets - Rate sensitive liabilities) x Interest rates = Bank profit
Maturity bucked approach
Measures the gap for several maturity subintervals.
Standardized gap analysis
Accounts for different degrees of rate sensitivity.
% in market value of security ≈ - percentage point in interest rate x duration in years.
Uses the weighted average duration of a financial institution’s assets and of its liabilities to see how net worth responds to a change in interest rates.
Loan sales (secondary loan participation)
Generation of fee income. Examples:
Servicing mortgage-backed securities
Creating SIVs (structured investment vehicles) which can potentially expose banks to risk, as it happened in the global financial crisis
Trading activities and risk management techniques
Financial futures, options for debt instruments, interest rate swaps, transactions in the foreign exchange market and speculation.
Principal-agent problem arises
Internal controls to reduce the principal-agent problem
Separation of trading activities and bookkeeping
Limits on exposure