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What Drives Bank Peformance?


Abstract: Focusing on some key metrics of bank performance, such as revenues and loan charge-off rates, we estimate the fraction of the observed variation in these metrics that can be attributed to changes in economic conditions. Macroeconomic factors can explain the preponderance of the fluctuations in charge-off rates. By contrast, bank-specific, idiosyncratic factors account for a sizable share of the variation in bank revenues. These results point to importance of bank-specific business models as a driver of performance.

Keywords: Pre-provision net revenues; Backcasting; Banking factors; Charge-offs; Macroeconomic factors; Principal components;

JEL Classification: E30; G21;

https://doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2021.009

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Provider: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Part of Series: Finance and Economics Discussion Series

Publication Date: 2021-02-16

Number: 2021-009