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Central bank disclosure as a macroprudential tool for financial stability

Helder de Mendonça () and Claudio Oliveira de Moraes

Economic Systems, 2018, vol. 42, issue 4, 625-636

Abstract: The Basel Capital Accord (pillar 3) states that disclosure of information (transparency) is essential to financial stability. This study analyzes, through inflation reports, the disclosure of information from the Central Bank of Brazil concerning the credit market. We consider credit risk and capital buffers as measures of financial stability in this analysis. Furthermore, in order to measure the perception of the monetary authority on the credit market, we built two indices based on the central bank’s communication on credit development. We performed a panel data analysis based on a sample of 125 banks for the period from June 1999 to September 2014 (7000 observations). The findings suggest that central bank communication regarding expectations concerning the credit market contributes to financial stability. Therefore, this kind of communication of central banks (about credit development) may constitute an important macroprudential tool to improve financial stability.

Keywords: Financial stability; Macroprudential regulation; Central bank communication; Credit risk; Capital buffer (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E58 G38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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