Pandemic payout freeze increased lending - BIS paper

The Botta building in Basel

Limits on distributing capital to banks’ shareholders imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic tended to increase lending and capital reserves, a paper published by the Bank for International Settlements finds.

In Covid-19 bank dividend payout restrictions: effects and trade-offs, Bryan Hardy notes that 45 jurisdictions had imposed some sort of constraint on dividends by the end of April 2020. Another 39 placed checks on share buybacks. Bank dividends fell by up to 57% in 2020, and declines were

Only users who have a paid subscription or are part of a corporate subscription are able to print or copy content.

To access these options, along with all other subscription benefits, please contact [email protected] or view our subscription options here:

You are currently unable to copy this content. Please contact [email protected] to find out more.

To continue reading...

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a Central Banking account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an individual account here: