Title: The risk-return trade-off of liquidity positions: evidence from Vietnamese banking system

Authors: Van Dan Dang

Addresses: Department of Finance, Banking University of Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City 700000, Vietnam

Abstract: The study investigates how liquidity positions affect bank performance at Vietnamese commercial banks for the period of 2007–2017, in terms of credit risk and profitability. We employ the generalised method of moments (GMM) for the dynamic panel models to implement some alternative regression techniques. The robust results indicate that the liquidity position induces a trade-off between risk and return. More precisely, banks holding more liquid assets tend to face less credit risks but yield less profits. These effects seem not to be strong and we also examine if the effect of liquidity on bank return exerts an increasingly downward slope depending on bank riskiness, but there is no significant evidence found. The findings of this study provide some insightful policy implications for banking market in Vietnam as well as other emerging countries.

Keywords: credit risk; dynamic approach; emerging market; liquidity; performance; return; trade-off.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMEF.2020.10023002

International Journal of Monetary Economics and Finance, 2019 Vol.12 No.5, pp.390 - 406

Received: 30 May 2019
Accepted: 23 Jun 2019

Published online: 03 Oct 2019 *

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