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The determinants of bank risks: evidence from the recent financial crisis

Leung, W. S. ORCID:, Taylor, N. and Evans, K. P. ORCID: 2015. The determinants of bank risks: evidence from the recent financial crisis. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money 34 , pp. 277-293. 10.1016/j.intfin.2014.11.012

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We investigate whether US bank holding company fundamental characteristics are related to bank risk over a period that covers the recent 2007-09 financial crisis. We extend prior studies to consider bank equity risk exposure to market-wide default risk, the structured finance market, and the asset-backed money market in a variance decomposition. Four important results emerge: (1) the risk in bank opaque assets is not accurately priced; (2) banks with lower earnings have higher risk; (3) a positive relationship between non-performing loans and bank risk increased threefold during the crisis and (4) banks with a larger buffer of Tier 1 capital have lower risk and lower exposure to shocks in market-wide default risk and the structured finance market in particular. These results highlight the importance to investors of studying fundamentals, while from a bank regulatory perspective, effective management of regulatory capital may manage risks arising from contagion stemming from structured finance markets and funding illiquidity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bank holding companies; Bank equity risk; ABX index; Funding illiquidity risk.
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1042-4431
Date of Acceptance: 14 November 2014
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2023 07:52

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