This column is a lead commentary in the VoxEU Debate "Banking reform: Do we know what has to be done?"
Implementation of Basel III in the US will bring back the regulatory arbitrage problems under Basel I
Takeo Hoshi, 23 December 2012
The implicit subsidy of banks
Joseph Noss, Rhiannon Sowerbutts, 17 June 2012
The experience of the crisis has revealed that a credible threat of failure does not always exist for banks. While equity holdings were severely diluted through state intervention, debt holders of some failed banks did not incur losses and were guaranteed by governments. To the extent that neither banks nor their creditors paid for this guarantee, it can be considered an implicit subsidy.
The impact of corporate governance in financial institutions
Hamid Mehran, Alan Morrison, Joel Shapiro, 6 April 2012
Time to set banking regulation right
Jacopo Carmassi, Stefano Micossi, 28 March 2012
Excessive leverage and risk-taking by large international banks were among the main causes of the 2008–09 financial crisis and the ensuing sharp drop in economic activity and employment. Enormous costs were borne by taxpayers and societies at large.
Macroprudential policy: What instruments and how to use them? Lessons from country experiences
Francesco Columba, Alejo Costa, Cheng Hoon Lim, 16 March 2012
Macroprudential policy is quickly gaining traction in international circles as a useful tool to address system-wide risks in the financial sector (see for example Borio 2011, Galati and Moessner 2011, Viñals 2010, 2011). Yet the analytical and operational underpinnings of a macroprudential framework are not fully understood and the effectiveness of the instruments is uncertain.
Capital shortfall: A new approach to ranking and regulating systemic risks
Viral Acharya, Robert Engle, Matthew Richardson, 14 March 2012
The most severe impacts of the financial crisis of 2007–09 arose immediately after the failure of Lehman Brothers on 15 September 2008.
Contagion during the Greek sovereign debt crisis
Jakob de Haan, Mark Mink, 23 February 2012
In the course of 2010, the financial problems of Greece became so severe that the Eurozone countries together with the IMF agreed to provide emergency loans for a total amount of €110 billion, to be disbursed over the period May 2010 through June 2013.
Home bias and the credit crunch: Evidence from Italy
Andrea F Presbitero, Gregory F Udell, Alberto Zazzaro, 12 February 2012
The management of the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis will have significant effects on the stability of national banking systems, as argued in some recent Vox columns (Acharya et al 2011, Wyplosz 2011).
Next-generation system-wide liquidity stress testing
Christian Schmieder, Heiko Hesse, Benjamin Neudorfer, Claus Puhr, Stefan W Schmitz, 1 February 2012
Bank liquidity was traditionally viewed as of equal importance to solvency. Liquidity risks are inherent in maturity transformation, ie the usual long-term maturity profile of banks’ assets and short-term maturities of liabilities. Banks have commonly relied on retail deposits, and, to some degree, on long-term wholesale funding as supposedly stable sources of funding.
Stop coddling Europe’s banks
Morris Goldstein, 11 January 2012
After initial denials, Europe’s leaders have started to acknowledge that IMF Chief Christine Lagarde was right. Through their statements and decisions, policymakers are showing their agreement with her assessment in August 2011 at the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole symposium that there was an urgent need for recapitalisation of Europe’s banks (Lagarde 2011).
- Secular stagnation: Facts, causes, and cures – a new Vox eBookTeulings, Baldwin
- Can large primary surpluses solve Europe’s debt problem?Eichengreen, Panizza
- The unrecognised benefits of grade inflationBoleslavsky, Cotton
- The US manufacturing base is surprisingly strongMoran, Oldenski
- Italian growth: New recession or six-year decline?Frankel
- A tale of two depressions: What do the new data tell us? February 2010 updateEichengreen, O’Rourke
- Educated in America: College graduates and high school dropoutsHeckman, LaFontaine
- Eurozone breakup would trigger the mother of all financial crisesEichengreen
- Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implicationsDe Grauwe, Ji
- Debt, deleveraging, and the liquidity trap: A new modelKrugman