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Systemic banks, capital composition and CoCo bonds issuance: The effects on bank risk



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Echevarria-Icaza, Victor and Sosvilla-Rivero, Simón (2017) Systemic banks, capital composition and CoCo bonds issuance: The effects on bank risk. [ Working Papers; nº 06, 2017, ISSN: 2530-0849 ]

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This paper shows that systemic banks are prone to increase their regulatory capital ratio through a decline in risk-weighted assets density and an intense use of lower level capital. The market access of systemic banks, and the fact that they were singled out for higher capital requirements seem to have biased them towards lower level capital, consistent with the theory that asymmetric information drives capital decisions. These effects are particularly strong for institutions that had a rather low level of capitalization at the start of the period and for those that exhibited a strong use of Additional Tier I capital before the regulatory changes. Strict capital composition requirements for firms with lower buffers would be an improvement.

Item Type:Working Paper or Technical Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Contingent capital; Banking regulation; Risk-taking incentives; Asset substitution; Systemic risk
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Banks and credit unions
JEL:G12, G21, G28
Series Name:Working Papers
ID Code:42841
Deposited On:22 May 2017 12:35
Last Modified:29 May 2017 10:18

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