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Predicting bank failures: The leverage versus the risk-weighted capital ratio

Xi Yang

No 2016-15, EconomiX Working Papers from University of Paris Nanterre, EconomiX

Abstract: This paper investigates the efficiency of leverage ratios and risk-weighted capital ratios as bank failure predictors during the global financial crisis. Analyzing 417 bank failures between 2008 and 2012, we find that the predictive power of different capital ratios is not homogeneous across banks. The simple leverage ratio outperforms the risk-weighted ratio in predicting failures of large banks, while both capital ratios are important in predicting the failure of smaller banks. The better performance of the leverage ratio in the case of large banks is especially important during the crisis period of 2008-2010. The findings support the regulatory reforms proposed by Basel Committee on Banking Supervision on the adoption of a supplementary minimum leverage ratio in order to strengthen the resilience of the bank sector.

Keywords: leverage ratio; risk-weighted capital ratio; bank failure; CAMELS; Logit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G21 G28 G33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ban, nep-cba, nep-cfn and nep-rmg
Date: 2016
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