- Oscar Gelderblom, Joost Jonker, Clemens Kool
- Published Online:
- 20 Jun 2016
- Volume/Issue No:
- Volume 69 Issue 4
Direct finance in the Dutch Golden Age
This article analyses private credit operations in Amsterdam in the seventeenth century to explain the absence of deposit banks. The financial system was highly segmented and a combination of declining business margins and narrow interest rate spreads cut the scope for deposit taking. Moreover, merchants had easy access to credit in the form of short‐term loans which could be easily rolled over, or replaced at will. This technique worked well because a market developed providing key functions to control risk and price loans accordingly.
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