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Cyclical Properties of Bank Margins: Small versus Large Banks


Abstract: We study cyclical properties of the net interest margin (NIM) in the US banking sector in the aggregate as well as separately for small and large banks. In the aggregate and among large banks, NIM is countercyclical. Among small banks, however, NIM is procyclical. Further, we find that this result is driven by differences in the cyclical dynamics of small and large banks' funding costs rather than asset yields.

Keywords: net interest margin; NIM; banking;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Part of Series: Economic Quarterly

Publication Date: 2018

Issue: 1Q

Pages: 1-33