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Mahmoud Fatouh

Small banks are inclined to have extra specialised enterprise fashions, possible specializing in business and retail banking actions, and present restricted interconnectedness to different monetary establishments. Therefore, they’re more likely to present much less intense cyclical patterns in comparison with massive banks. This publish investigates whether or not massive and small banks within the UK and US differ within the cyclical patterns of capital positions and credit score provision.

Introduction

Following the International Monetary Disaster, the Basel III reforms launched stricter capital necessities and bolstered them with cyclical elements (the capital conservation buffer and the countercyclical capital buffer). The reforms aimed to make sure that banks have enough capital sources to soak up losses and scale back the cyclical results of financial institution capital (and regulation) on the availability of financial institution credit score in stress. The stricter and extra cycle-sensitive capital necessities ought to scale back the pro-cyclicality of financial institution capital positions as they discourage unsustainable credit score progress in credit score booms, and so restrict the necessity for deleveraging in stress.

Below Basel III reforms, systematically essential banks face stricter necessities. Small banks principally face regulatory necessities like these of bigger banks however profit from some exemptions that differ in scope between jurisdictions. Moreover, regulators in numerous jurisdictions have been making an attempt to create easier (however not weaker) regulatory frameworks for small banks. Ideally, a framework for smaller banks would take into accounts their easier and specialised enterprise fashions, the restricted monetary stability implications of their failure, and the disproportional compliance prices they face in comparison with bigger banks. For instance, the Financial institution of England is designing a ‘sturdy and easy’ regulatory regime for small banks with easier enterprise fashions.

Owing to easier enterprise mannequin and weaker interconnectedness, small banks ought to be much less delicate to cyclical fluctuations insofar as their credit score provide and capital positions ought to be much less pro-cyclical than bigger banks. On this publish, I examine this speculation and examine the implications of stricter cycle-sensitive capital necessities underneath Basel III for these cyclical patterns.

The information

I take advantage of bank-level information and GDP progress for the UK and the US. UK bank-level information comes from a confidential information set on the Financial institution of England and consists of monetary information on UK banks between 1990 and 2021. The information for US banks runs from 1979 to 2021 and was collected from a number of sources together with Refinitiv® Eikon, Capital IQ®, and revealed monetary statements. GDP information was collected from the Workplace for Nationwide Statistics and FRED® for the UK and US respectively. Desk A consists of abstract statistics of the bank-level and GDP progress information. The goal of getting a very long time sequence is to have a pattern that covers no less than an enormous portion of a credit score cycle earlier than the introduction of the a lot stricter capital necessities by Basel III requirements in 2010. Stricter requirements would possible have an effect on the cyclical patterns of financial institution credit score and capital positions, probably lowering the validity of outcomes. Though capital requirements existed earlier than 2010, they had been considerably weaker. Such time sequence can be utilized to reply two questions. First, analysing years as much as 2009 can be utilized to measure the cyclical patterns in a much less regulated atmosphere, offering proof on whether or not Basel III wanted cyclical elements. Second, increasing the evaluation past 2009 supplies proof on whether or not Basel III addressed the pro-cyclicality of financial institution capital and lending.

Desk A: Abstract statistics

1: UK information (£ hundreds of thousands)

  Obs. Imply Std. Dev. Min Max
GDP progress 8805 0.33% 2.70% -21.00% 16.60%
Complete belongings 8762 21447.72 120595.90 0 1694721.00
Money 8762 1413.30 8942.13 0 172085.00
Debt securities 8762 1790.39 11886.20 0 181717.90
Complete loans 8762 10279.93 48548.90 0 704557.30
Core fairness Tier 1 capital 8761 702.03 3225.36 0 40519.10
Complete liabilities 8762 20511.20 114370.00 0 1694721.00
Threat-weighted belongings 8767 5987.31 27755.87 0 351969.60
Non-performing loans 8801 160.83 878.86 0 15808.91
Fastened belongings 8762 59.04 224.36 0 2369.83
Deposits 8762 12618.16 58899.33 0 844488.30
Impairment costs 8799 27.81 183.24 -165.54 5629.17
Pre-tax earnings 8305 29.76 274.89 -4430.14 10562.96
Complete off steadiness sheet commitments 8762 4077.36 23359.22 0 280609.30
Leverage ratio publicity measure 1590 34754.35 130993.50 0 1158652.00
Working bills 8301 1.17 4.12 0 153.36
Deposits from banks 8762 2230.71 11145.69 0 171070.40

Supply: Financial institution of England inside database.

2: US information (US$ hundreds of thousands)

  Obs. Imply Std. Dev. Min Max
GDP progress 1393739 0.66% 0.74% -2.18% 2.28%
Complete belongings 1393739 1035.35 21700 0 2690000
Money 138826 106.9572 2786.651 0 508000
Debt securities 1355024 173.4477 4106.354 0 470000
Buying and selling belongings 112260 73.4033 3098.621 0 380000
Complete loans 1393418 523.0352 10100 0 1030000
Deposits 1339080 452.4611 18900 0 1580000
Complete liabilities 1388215 899.3584 19200 0 2450000
Fairness 1334837 99.46378 2288.193 0 257000
Reverse repo 1392499 49.89863 1932.282 0 321000
Subordinated debt 1326818 8.075956 265.6903 0 29200

Sources: Refinitiv Eikon, S&P Capital IQ and revealed monetary statements.

Empirical technique

With the intention to measure the cyclicality patterns of capital ratios and whole lending of banks and examine whether or not they differ between small and huge banks, I first categorise banks by dimension. For the UK, I take advantage of inside Financial institution of England classification of small and huge banks. In the meantime, for US banks, I outline small and huge banks as these within the lowest 80% and the best 5% of belongings distribution, respectively.

Following Fatouh and Giansante (2023), I measure cyclicality of a variable by the correlation between that variable and GDP progress. I estimate this correlation utilizing the next panel regression:

Y_{i,t}=beta _{i}+theta X_{i,t}+delta GDP_{t}+nu _{i,t} (1)

the place, βi: financial institution fastened impact; Yi,t, capital ratio (fairness to whole belongings) or log of whole lending of financial institution i at time t; Xi,t, a set of bank-level controls, together with whole belongings, capitalisation, and ratios reflecting enterprise mannequin (eg, loans to asset and deposits to liabilities); GDPt, GDP progress fee at time t.

Evaluation

I apply the mannequin in Equation 1 to small and huge banks individually on the bank-level to detect variations within the cyclical behaviour of capital ratios and whole lending. The outcomes of the regressions are offered in Desk B.

Because the desk exhibits, capital ratios of huge banks had been positively correlated with GDP progress within the UK and US earlier than the introduction of Basel III in 2010. On common, a 1 share level fall in GDP progress was related to an 80 foundation factors and 61 foundation factors drop in capital ratios of huge banks within the UK and US, respectively. In the meantime, capital ratios of small banks had been both not correlated (UK) or negatively correlated (US) with GDP progress.

Complete lending of huge banks was pro-cyclical pre-Basel III, particularly within the UK. On common, a 1 share level fall in GDP progress was related to a 302 foundation factors and 71 foundation factors fall in whole lending of huge banks within the UK and US, respectively. The entire lending of small UK banks didn’t present cyclical patterns. Nonetheless, the whole lending of small US banks was pro-cyclical, however considerably lower than that of huge banks (11 foundation factors in comparison with 71 foundation factors for every 1 share level change in GDP progress).

Desk B: Regression outcomes for financial institution capital ratios and whole lending

1: UK banks (1990–2009)

Variables Capital ratio Complete lending
  Giant banks Small banks Giant banks Small banks
  (1) (2) (1) (2)
GDP progress 0.799*** -0.00576 3.018*** -0.621
  (0.185) (0.0105) (1.032) (1.693)
         
No. Obs. 119 55 119 55
R-squared 0.991 0.995 0.999 0.998
Controls YES YES YES YES
Financial institution FEs YES YES YES YES

Notes: Coefficient estimates of quarterly capital ratios and whole lending of UK banks between 1990 and 2009. Capital ratio is the same as fairness to whole belongings, and whole lending is the log of internet lending. Small and huge banks are outlined primarily based on inside Financial institution of England classifications. Normal errors reported between parentheses, * p<0.10 ** p<0.05 *** p<0.01.

2: US banks (1979–2009)

Variables Capital ratio Complete lending
  Giant banks Small banks Giant banks Small banks
  (1) (2) (1) (2)
GDP progress 0.612*** -0.0720*** 0.710*** 0.112***
  (0.133) (0.00550) (0.212) (0.0271)
         
No. Obs. 40,116 702,554 40,099 697,879
R-squared 0.887 0.905 0.989 0.986
Controls YES YES YES YES
Financial institution FEs YES YES YES YES

Notes: Coefficient estimates of quarterly capital ratios and whole lending of US banks between 1979 and 2009. Capital ratio is the same as fairness to whole belongings, and whole lending is the log of internet lending. Small and huge banks are these within the lowest 80% and the best 5% of belongings distribution, respectively. To make sure robustness of the outcomes, I additionally run regressions primarily based on totally different thresholds. Outcomes of the extra regressions are per the baseline outcomes. Normal errors reported between parentheses, * p<0.10 ** p<0.05 *** p<0.01.

In different phrases, the capital positions of huge banks had been extra delicate to financial fluctuations than small banks in each the UK and US previous to Basel III. These tendencies in capital positions have an effect on the credit score provide of banks, relying on their dimension. Giant banks grow to be comparatively capital-constrained in downturns, and therefore are inclined to ration lending. The decrease cyclicality of small banks’ capital positions permits them to maintain their provide of credit score steadier over the cycle. Nonetheless, as massive banks present most of financial institution credit score, combination credit score crunches are anticipated, particularly in deep downturns.

Stricter capital necessities and cyclical elements (the capital conservation buffer and the countercyclical buffer) launched by Basel III ought to scale back the pro-cyclicality of huge banks’ capital positions and provide credit score. To research this, I re-run the regressions above utilizing information units that reach past 2009. As Desk C exhibits, the coefficient on GDP progress for giant banks falls from 80 foundation factors to 43 foundation factors (at a decrease significance degree) for UK banks, and from 61 foundation factors to 29 foundation factors for US banks. Outcomes for small banks’ capital ratios utilizing the prolonged pattern are per the baseline in Desk B.

Put up Basel III, the pro-cyclicality of whole lending of huge banks fell from 301 foundation factors to 165 foundation factors for giant UK banks and 71 foundation factors to 49 foundation factors for giant US banks. The professional-cyclicality of whole lending of small US banks fell additional (11 foundation factors to five foundation factors) and remained nicely under that of huge banks.

Desk C: Regression outcomes for financial institution capital ratios and whole lending; Basel III influence

1: UK banks (1990–2021)

Variables Capital ratio Complete lending
  Giant banks Small banks Giant banks Small banks
  (1) (2) (1) (2)
GDP progress 0.429** -0.0192 1.645** 0.00869
  (0.204) (0.0157) (0.712) (1.642)
         
No. Obs. 347 326 330 304
R-squared 0.985 0.968 0.998 0.988
Controls YES YES YES YES
Financial institution FEs YES YES YES YES

Notes: Coefficient estimates of quarterly capital ratios and whole lending of UK banks between 1990 and 2009. Capital ratio is the same as fairness to whole belongings, and whole lending is the log of internet lending. Small and huge banks are outlined primarily based on inside Financial institution of England classifications. Normal errors reported between parentheses, * p<0.10 ** p<0.05 *** p<0.01.

2: US banks (1979–2020)

Variables Capital ratio Complete lending
  Giant banks Small banks Giant banks Small banks
  (1) (2) (1) (2)
GDP progress 0.291*** -0.0829*** 0.493*** 0.0530**
  (0.0607) (0.00503) (0.145) (0.0247)
         
No. Obs. 45,900 860,347 45,859 852,062
R-squared 0.907 0.924 0.990 0.989
Controls YES YES YES YES
Financial institution FEs YES YES YES YES

Notes: Coefficient estimates of quarterly capital ratios and whole lending of US banks between 1979 and 2009. Capital ratio is the same as fairness to whole belongings, and whole lending is the log of internet lending. Small and huge banks are these within the lowest 80% and the best 5% of belongings distribution, respectively. To make sure robustness of the outcomes, I additionally run regressions primarily based on totally different thresholds. Outcomes of the extra regressions are per the baseline outcomes. Normal errors reported between parentheses, * p<0.10 ** p<0.05 *** p<0.01.

In abstract, the capital positions and credit score provide had been clearly extra pro-cyclical for giant banks than small banks. The introduction of extra cycle-sensitive capital necessities underneath Basel III decreased variations between the 2 teams of banks. As such, it may be argued that the cycle-sensitive elements of capital necessities are more practical in lowering the pro-cyclicality of credit score provide of huge banks (than small banks), as nicely the combination provide of financial institution credit score, lowering the severity of credit score crunches in deep downturns.

Abstract

This publish assesses whether or not small banks’ whole lending and capital ratios present totally different cyclical patterns from bigger banks, and whether or not the introduction of stricter cycle-sensitive capital necessities underneath Basel III impacts these cyclical patterns. The evaluation makes use of information for small and huge banks within the UK and US. The empirical outcomes counsel that previous to Basel III reforms, capital positions and credit score provide of huge banks had been far more pro-cyclical than small banks. The introduction of extra cycle-sensitive capital necessities underneath Basel III decreased capital and credit score provide pro-cyclicality for giant banks, whereas having smaller results for small banks. This implies that the cycle-sensitive capital necessities are more practical in lowering the pro-cyclicality of credit score provide of huge banks and lowering severity of credit score crunch in deep downturns.

Mahmoud Fatouh works within the Financial institution’s Prudential Framework Division.

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