How is the likelihood of fire sales in a crisis affected by the interaction of various bank regulations?

Author/Editor:

Divya Kirti ; Vijay Narasiman

Publication Date:

March 24, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

We present a model that describes how different types of bank regulation can interact to affect the likelihood of fire sales in a crisis. In our model, risk shifting motives drive how banks recapitalize following a negative shock, leading banks to concentrate their portfolios. Regulation affects the likelihood of fire sales by giving banks the incentive to sell certain assets and retain others. Ex-post incentives from high risk weights and the interaction of capital and liquidity requirements can make fire sales more likely. Time-varying risk weights may be an effective tool to prevent fire sales.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/68

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 24, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475588675/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017068

Format:

Paper

Pages:

46

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