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Loss provisions and bank charge-offs in the financial crisis: lesson learned

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  • Frederick T. Furlong
  • Zena Knight

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The enormity of the recent financial shock was not fully apparent until well into the crisis. One result was that banks did unusually low levels of pre-reserving against eventual loan losses. Much of that underreserving was related to the extraordinary decline in real estate values that led to outsized losses on mortgage loans. This experience highlights the limitations of the bank provisioning process and the need to guard against worse-than-expected economic conditions through higher capital levels.

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  • Frederick T. Furlong & Zena Knight, 2010. "Loss provisions and bank charge-offs in the financial crisis: lesson learned," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue may24.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2010:i:may24:n:2010-16
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    1. Bholat, David & Lastra, Rosa & Markose, Sheri & Miglionico, Andrea & Sen, Kallol, 2016. "Non-performing loans: regulatory and accounting treatments of assets," Bank of England working papers 594, Bank of England.
    2. repec:pal:jbkreg:v:19:y:2018:i:1:d:10.1057_s41261-017-0058-8 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Bank loans ; Bank capital ; Risk management;

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