Banks, government bonds, and default: What do the data say?

Nicola Gennaioli, Alberto Martin, Stefano Rossi 19 July 2014

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Recent events in Europe have illustrated how government defaults can jeopardise domestic bank stability. Growing concerns of public insolvency since 2010 caused great stress in the European banking sector, which was loaded with Euro-area debt (Andritzky 2012). Problems were particularly severe for banks in troubled countries, which entered the crisis holding a sizeable share of their assets in their governments’ bonds – roughly 5% in Portugal and Spain, 7% in Italy, and 16% in Greece (2010 EU Stress Test).

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  sovereign debt, financial crises, banking, banks, bonds, sovereign default, credit, bank lending, risk-weighting

Are banks too large?

Lev Ratnovski, Luc Laeven, Hui Tong 31 May 2014

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Large banks have grown significantly in size and become more involved in market-based activities since the late 1990s. Figure 1 shows how the balance-sheet size of the world’s largest banks increased two- to four-fold in the ten years prior to the crisis. Figure 2 illustrates how banks shifted from traditional lending towards market-oriented activities.

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  regulation, economies of scale, bank regulation, banking, Too big to fail, systemic risk, BASEL III, bank resolution, bank capital

Spillovers from systemic bank defaults

Mark Mink, Jakob de Haan 24 May 2014

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Financial-crisis management and prevention policies often focus on mitigating spillovers from the default of systemically important banks. During the recent crisis, governments avoided large bank failures by insuring and purchasing intermediaries’ troubled assets, by providing them with capital injections, and even by outright nationalisations. After the crisis, financial regulators designed additional requirements for those institutions that the Financial Stability Board designated as globally systemically important banks (G-SIBs).

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  financial stability, spillovers, regulation, banking, banks, systemic risk

The two faces of cross-border banking flows: An investigation into the links between global risk, arms-length funding, and internal capital markets

Dennis Reinhardt, Steven Riddiough 07 May 2014

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Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, global risk spiked and the world witnessed a collapse in cross-border funding between banks. On closer inspection, however, not all countries’ banking systems experienced a withdrawal of cross-border finance. In fact, a number actually enjoyed an inflow of funding from banks overseas (Figure 1).

Figure 1 Cross-border bank-to-bank flows following the collapse of Lehman Brothers

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Topics:  Financial markets International finance

Tags:  financial stability, banking, Wholesale funding, interbank lending, Cross-border lending, cross-border banking

Exploring the transmission channels of contagious bank runs

Martin Brown, Stefan Trautmann, Razvan Vlahu 10 April 2014

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Financial contagion – the situation in which liquidity or insolvency risk is transmitted from one financial institution to another – is viewed by policymakers and academics as a key source of systemic risk in the banking sector. In particular, the events in the 2007–2009 Global Crisis have turned the attention of policymakers towards the potential contagion of liquidity withdrawals across banks and the resulting implications for financial stability.

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  experimental economics, financial stability, financial crisis, global crisis, banking, contagion, banks, systemic risk, bank runs

Estimating the impact of changes in aggregate bank capital requirements during an upswing

Joseph Noss, Priscilla Toffano 06 April 2014

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The recent financial crisis and economic contraction that followed highlighted the crucial role that banks play in facilitating the extension of credit and enabling economic growth. This underlies the economic rationale for imposing regulations on the banking industry, including minimum capital requirements designed to mitigate risks banks would not otherwise account for in their behaviour.

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  regulations, bank regulation, banking, capital requirements, banks, BASEL III, credit, Macroprudential policy, bank capital

The puzzling pervasiveness of dysfunctional banking

Charles W Calomiris interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam,

Date Published

Fri, 03/21/2014

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See Also

Calomiris, C W and S H Haber (2014), Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit, Princeton University Press.

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Topics

Financial markets
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credit booms, banking, banks, systemic risk, recapitalisation, Eurozone crisis, Bank credit, bank capital

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The limits to partial banking unions The AQR and stress testing the European banking system Banking union for Europe – where do we stand? Eastern European credit crunch and foreign bank funding Bank credit during the global crisis: A cross-country comparison
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How much is enough? The case of the Resolution Fund in Europe

Thomas Huertas, María J Nieto 18 March 2014

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During the crisis, individual institutions such as Hypo Real Estate required public assistance of €100 billion or more.1 So how can a European Resolution Fund of only €55 billion possibly suffice for all banks in the Eurozone?

It could, provided the Fund is part of a well-designed architecture for regulation, supervision, and resolution, that makes banks not only less likely to fail but also safe to fail – meaning that they can be resolved without cost to the taxpayer and without significant disruption to financial markets or the economy at large.

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Topics:  EU institutions Financial markets International finance

Tags:  eurozone, regulation, banking, systemic risk, microprudential regulation, bank resolution, Macroprudential policy, bail-in, European Resolution Fund

Who is to blame for the credit crunch: foreign ownership or foreign funding?

Erik Feyen, Raquel Letelier, Inessa Love, Samuel Munzele Maimbo, Roberto Rocha 15 March 2014

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From boom to crunch

Although most developing countries around the world experienced a severe contraction of bank credit during the recent global financial crisis, the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region was disproportionately hit after it had experienced very high credit growth (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Banking system trends in ECA

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Topics:  Financial markets Global crisis International finance

Tags:  Credit crunch, global financial crisis, banking, Eastern Europe, cross-border banking, credit growth, Central Asia

The AQR and stress testing the European banking system

Viral Acharya interviewed by Viv Davies,

Date Published

Fri, 03/14/2014

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See Also

Acharya, V and S Steffen (2014) "Falling short of expectations? Stress-testing the European banking system", VoxEU.org, 17 January.

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Financial markets
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banking, banks, systemic risk, recapitalisation, Eurozone crisis, banking union, bank capital, Asset Quality Review, stress testing

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Banking union for Europe – where do we stand? Stress tests: a success for cooperation and transparency – and also very good for Spain A call for liquidity stress testing Bank resolution: from Cinderella to centre stage The urgent need to recapitalise Europe’s banks How much capital do European banks need?
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