Leverage—A Broader View

Author/Editor:

Manmohan Singh ; Zohair Alam

Publication Date:

March 19, 2018

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Traditional measures of leverage in the financial system tend to reflect bank balance sheet data. The paper argues that these traditional, bank-centric measures should be augmented by considering pledged collateral in the financial system since pledged collateral provides a measure of an important part of nonbank funding to banks. From a policy perspective, the paper suggests that a broader view on leverage will enhance our understanding of global systemic risk, and complement the theoretical work in this field by providing a link from micro-level leverage data to macro aggregates such as credit to the economy.

Series:

Working Paper No. 18/62

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 19, 2018

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484347034/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2018062

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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