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Quantifying Structural Subsidy Values for Systemically Important Financial Institutions

Author/Editor: Ueda, Kenichi | Weder di Mauro, Beatrice
Authorized for Distribution: May 1, 2012
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Summary: Claimants to SIFIs receive transfers when governments are forced into bailouts. Ex ante, the bailout expectation lowers daily funding costs. This funding cost differential reflects both the structural level of the government support and the time-varying market valuation for such a support. With large worldwide sample of banks, we estimate the structural subsidy values by exploiting expectations of state support embedded in credit ratings and by using long-run average value of rating bonus. It was already sizable, 60 basis points, as of the end-2007, before the crisis. It increased to 80 basis points by the end-2009.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 12/128
Subject(s): Banks | Cross country analysis | Financial institutions | Subsidies
Author's keyword(s): Systemically important financial institutions; bank funding subsidy; bank bailout
 
English  
    Published:   May 1, 2012        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2012128   Pages:   27
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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