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Assessing supervisory scenarios for interest rate risk

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  • Jens H. E. Christensen
  • Jose A. Lopez

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A new proposal by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision for setting the amount of capital banks must hold against potential losses from interest rate risk uses only a few, very stylized scenarios. Analysis shows the proposed scenarios are extremely unlikely to occur. While they may be appropriate for setting bank capital guidelines, they are much less relevant for everyday risk management. Instead, using a modeling framework with a plausible range of interest rate scenarios would be more relevant to help banks manage their interest rate risk.

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  • Jens H. E. Christensen & Jose A. Lopez, 2015. "Assessing supervisory scenarios for interest rate risk," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:00069
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