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An analysis of bank fee and commission income in the EU and in the Czech Republic in a low interest rate environment

Author(s): prof. PhDr. Petr Teplý Ph.D.,
PhDr. Karolína Vozková ,
Type: Articles in refereed journals
Year: 2020
Number: 0
ISSN / ISBN: ISSN 1804-8048 (online)
Published in: SCIPAP, Czech Republic
Publishing place: Pardubice, Czech Republic
Keywords: Bank Performance; Czech Republic; European Union; Fee and Commission Income; Low Interest Rate Environment; Financial Stability
JEL codes: G21, L25
Suggested Citation: Vozková, K., Teplý, P. (2020). An Analysis of Bank Fee and Commission Income in the EU and in the Czech Republic in a Low Interest Rate Environment. Scientific Papers of the University of Pardubice, Series D: Faculty of Economics and Administration. 28(2): pp. 1-8.
Grants: GACR 18-05244S - Innovative Approaches to Credit Risk Management VŠE IP100040
Abstract: This paper deals with the European banking sector fee and commission income, with a special emphasis on the Czech Republic, in the 2007-2018 period. During this time span, net interest income was declining due to low nominal growth and a long period of low interest rates. We contribute to the literature when comparing the magnitude of fee income
across the EU banking sectors. We come to the following key findings. First, we conclude that there is no single optimal
fee income strategy. Second, we argue that Czech banks are not abnormally dependent on fee income and their
outstanding profitability is rather connected with sound risk management as well as with sufficient liquidity and capital buffers. Third, we find that in the EU, fee income share followed an increasing trend after the 2007-2009 global financial crisis which might be connected with an effort to maintain desired profitability in a low interest rate environment.
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