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Assessing the risk of banking crises - revisited

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  • Claudio Borio
  • Mathias Drehmann

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Historically, unusually strong increases in credit and asset prices have tended to precede banking crises. Could the current crisis have been anticipated by exploiting this relationship? We explore this question by assessing the out-of-sample performance of leading indicators of banking system distress developed in previous work, also extended to incorporate explicitly property prices. We find that they are fairly successful in providing a signal for several banking systems currently in distress, including that of the United States. We also consider the complications that arise in calibrating the indicators as a result of cross-border exposures, so prominent in the current episode.

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Article provided by Bank for International Settlements in its journal BIS Quarterly Review.

Volume (Year): (2009)
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Handle: RePEc:bis:bisqtr:0903e

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