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Market reaction to bank liquidity regulation

Bruno, Brunella; Onali, Enrico; Schaeck, Klaus

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Brunella Bruno

Enrico Onali

Klaus Schaeck


We measure market reactions to announcements concerning liquidity regulation, a key innovation in the Basel framework. Our initial results show that liquidity regulation attracts negative abnormal returns. However, the price responses are less pronounced when coinciding announcements concerning capital regulation are backed out, suggesting that markets do not consider liquidity regulation to be binding. Bank- and country-specific characteristics also matter. Liquid balance sheets and high charter values increase abnormal returns whereas smaller long-term funding mismatches reduce abnormal returns. Banks located in countries with large government debt and tight interbank conditions or with prior domestic liquidity regulation display lower abnormal returns.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 6, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2018
Publication Date Apr 30, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 19, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 19, 2018
Journal Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis
Print ISSN 0022-1090
Electronic ISSN 1756-6916
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 899-935
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Additional Information This article has been published in a revised form in Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington 2018.


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