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Determinants of bank credit default swap spreads: The role of the housing sector

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  • Benbouzid, Nadia
  • Mallick, Sushanta

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This paper relates credit spreads (CDS prices) in the UK banking sector with the performance of the housing sector. Using data on banking sector CDS spreads for the period January 2004 to April 2011, we find that house price dynamics are a key driving factor behind the increase in credit spreads as reflected in CDS prices. Also we find that as stock prices increase, both bank capital and bank borrowing capacity increase that in turn decreases credit risk. Furthermore as banking sector liquidity increases banks tend to lend to less credit-worthy (subprime) borrowers that in turn increases credit risk in the banking sector. Collectively the results shed light on the determinants of credit risk in the banking sector.

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  • Benbouzid, Nadia & Mallick, Sushanta, 2013. "Determinants of bank credit default swap spreads: The role of the housing sector," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 243-259.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecofin:v:24:y:2013:i:c:p:243-259
    DOI: 10.1016/j.najef.2012.10.004
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    Corporate CDS spreads; Housing market; Credit crisis; Default risk; Liquidity risk;
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    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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