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Large EU banks’ capital and liquidity: Relationship and impact on credit default swap spreads

Alex Sclip, Claudia Girardone () and Stefano Miani

The British Accounting Review, 2019, vol. 51, issue 4, 438-461

Abstract: This paper explores the interrelations between bank capital and liquidity and their impact on the market probability of default. We employ an unbalanced panel of large European banks with listed credit default swap (CDS) contracts during the period 2005–2015, which allow us to consider the impact of the recent financial crisis. Our evidence suggests that bank capital and funding liquidity risk as defined in Basel III have an economically meaningful bidirectional relationship. However, the effect on CDS spread is ambiguous. While capital appears to have a relatively large impact on CDS spread changes, liquidity risk is priced only when it falls below the regulatory threshold.

Keywords: EU banks; Capital; Liquidity; Credit default swaps (CDS); Financial crisis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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