Bank capital requirements: Are they costly?

David Miles 17 January 2013

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There exists a widespread view that having banks use more equity capital (and relatively less debt) to finance the assets they hold creates substantial costs, costs that may be so great as to make more capital infeasible. I believe that these costs are very substantially exaggerated. But the benefits of having banks that are far more robust – in the sense of having a balance sheet structure that makes them much less likely to come near to insolvency once actual and suspected losses on their assets come along – are likely to be large.

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Topics:  Financial markets

Tags:  Central Banks, banking, equity capital, debt capital

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