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The vulnerability of Europe's small and medium-sized banks

Ashoka Mody and Guntram Wolff

Working Papers from Bruegel

Abstract: We study the vulnerability of 130 banks directly supervised by the European Central Bank’s Single Supervisory Mechanism. Illustrative stress tests using banks’ balance sheet data reveal that significant stress prevails in the euro area’s smaller and medium-sized banks, many of them located in southern Europe. The banks we identify as stressed also have performed substantially worse on the stock market. The vulnerable banks are typically hobbled by non-performing loans to...

Date: 2015-07
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