BIS research documents high concentration of cross-border credit


Research by economists at the Bank for International Settlements sheds light on the high degree of concentration between global banks, with just a handful of bilateral links accounting for the bulk of cross-border credit flows.

“A small number of very large cross-border links dominate global cross-border bank credit,” write Iñaki Aldasoro and Torsten Ehlers in the quarterly review article. They find only 2.4% of bilateral cross-border links were worth more than $50 billion at the end of 2018

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