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Leverage Ratio and its Impact on the Resilience of the Banking Sector and Efficiency of Macroprudential Policy

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  • Lukas Pfeiffer

    (Banking Institute/College of Banking
    Czech National Bank, Prague)

  • Libor Holub

    (Czech National Bank, Prague)

  • Zdenek Pithart

    (University of Economics, Prague)

  • Martin Hodula

    (VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava)

Abstract

Basel III responded to the financial crisis by redefining and expanding the capital requirements for risk-weighted assets and by proposing the introduction of a leverage ratio which sets a minimum level of capital for banks in relation to total exposures. The capital requirement is being increased primarily through the active use of macroprudential capital buffers. As a result, it was proposed that the leverage ratio requirement should also take into account the level of capital buffers and thus become a macroprudential policy tool. This article examines the relationship between capital and leverage ratios and discusses the options for, and effects of, introducing a macroprudential leverage ratio. We find that the capital and leverage ratios complement each other and that the introduction of a macroprudential leverage ratio could, under certain circumstances, enhance the effectiveness of a macroprudential policy.Classification-JEL: G14; G15; C22

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  • Lukas Pfeiffer & Libor Holub & Zdenek Pithart & Martin Hodula, 2017. "Leverage Ratio and its Impact on the Resilience of the Banking Sector and Efficiency of Macroprudential Policy," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 67(4), pages 277-299, August.
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    Keywords

    capital ratio; leverage ratio; macroprudential policy; VAR;
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    JEL classification:

    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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