Bank Capitalization As a Signal

Author/Editor:

Daniel C Hardy

Publication Date:

May 1, 2012

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The level of a bank‘s capitalization can effectively transmit information about its riskiness and therefore support market discipline, but asymmetry information may induce exaggerated or distortionary behavior: banks may vie with one another to signal confidence in their prospects by keeping capitalization low, and banks‘ creditors often cannot distinguish among them - tendencies that can be seen across banks and across time. Prudential policy is warranted to help offset these tendencies.

Series:

Working Paper No. 12/114

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2012

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475503357/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2012114

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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