Matthias Pelster What Is the Impact of Financial Penalties on the Performance and Stock Returns of Banks?

Matthias Pelster is Assistant Professor of Finance at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. Prior to this appointment, he was Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Finance at the TU Dortmund University. His research is focused on behavioral finance, risk management, and corporate finance. In 2017, he received an Award for Excellence in Teaching from Econometrics of Financial Markets and, in 2013, he won the Best Dissertation of the Year Award from the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at TU Dortmund University.

Area of Research

Behavioral Finance, Risk Management, Corporate Finance

since 2014

Assistant Professor

Leuphana University, Lüneburg

Institute of Finance and Accounting


Post-doctoral Researcher

Technische Universität Dortmund

Chair of Finance


Research and Teaching Fellow

Technische Universität Dortmund

Chair of Finance


PhD in Finance

Technische Universität Dortmund


Diploma in Mathematics and Business Administration

Technische Universität Dortmund

- Journal of Banking and Finance

- Journal of Risk Finance

- Financial Markets and Portfolio Management

- International Review of Economics and Finance

- Contemporary Economics

- German Finance Association

- European Finance Association

- American FInance Association

- Financial Management Association


- Award for Excellence in Teaching 2016/2017, Econometrics of Financial Markets

- Best Dissertation of the Year Award, Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences, TU Dortmund (2013)


- Global Young Faculty III, Mercator Research Center Ruhr GmbH (2013-15)

- Associate Fellowship, World Business Institute (2013)

Opinions on the impact of financial penalties on the profitability of banks are divided: One view argues that they obstruct the functioning of the banking sector; another one says that these penalties are simply another cost of doing business. MATTHIAS PELSTER and his research group have investigated the impact of penalties on the performance of banks in an empirical study in order to properly differentiate between the competing opinions. They examined the profitability and the stock returns of a sample of large internationally listed banks that were imposed with financial penalties. They found that there is a negative relation between penalties and pre-tax profitability and a lower income in the years following the penalty. However, taking a look at the stock performance of these banks, they could detect a positive relation of the stock returns to the announcement of penalties.

LT Video Publication DOI:

Financial Penalties and Bank Performance

  • Hannes Köster and Matthias Pelster
  • Journal of Banking and Finance
  • Published in 2017
Hannes Köster and Matthias Pelster. "Financial Penalties and Bank Performance." Journal of Banking and Finance 79 (2017): 57-73.