Internal Capital Markets and Bank Holding Company Efficiency

Margarethe Rammerstorfer, Silvia Bressan, Karl Weinmayer

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Bank Holding Companies and in particular their internal capital markets have been widely discussed in recent financial literature. The financial crisis especially brought regulatory intervention in financial markets into question. Empirical evidence suggests that bank holding companies have clear preferences for double leverage, which
are not based on unambiguous and explicit economic foundations. In this article, we analyze the effects of equity, debt and double leverage on the efficiency of bank
holding companies. We show that Bank Holding Company efficiency is negatively affected by equity financing from parents to subsidiaries and this effect is even more
pronounced in case of double leveraging. Our findings indicate that further measures from regulators are necessary in order to prevent inefficient financing via double
leverage, which may be used to circumvent regulatory capital requirements.
Original languageEnglish
JournalReview of Financial Economics
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 101015 Operations research
  • 502
  • 502009 Corporate finance

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