Since October 1979, market interest-rate movements have been frequent and large. Over the same time period, for a variety of reasons, competition has intensified in both bank loan and deposit markets. These developments have changed the benefits and costs of various types of asset/liability management strategies or alternatively a financial institution's level of interest-rate risk exposure. In this study, the rate-sensitivity postures of a sample of holding companies are examined over the 1977 to 1983 interval to determine whether and how asset/liability management strategies changed after October 1979. In general, the evidence suggests that holding companies reduced their exposure to rate risk in the immediate post-October 1979 period. However, this change does not appear to have been permanent. the data show a reversal of this pattern at a number of companies in 1982 and 1983.Asset-liability management ; Bank holding companies
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