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Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Causes of U.S. Commercial Bank Failures This Time Around

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  • Rebel Cole
  • Lawrence White

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In this study, we analyze why U.S. commercial banks failed during the recent financial crisis. We find that proxies for commercial real estate investments, as well as traditional proxies for the CAMELS components, do an excellent job in explaining the failures of banks that were closed during 2009, just as they did in the previous banking crisis of 1985 – 1992. Surprisingly, we do not find that residential mortgage-backed securities played a significant role in determining which banks failed and which banks survived.
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  • Rebel Cole & Lawrence White, 2012. "Déjà Vu All Over Again: The Causes of U.S. Commercial Bank Failures This Time Around," Journal of Financial Services Research, Springer;Western Finance Association, vol. 42(1), pages 5-29, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jfsres:v:42:y:2012:i:1:p:5-29
    DOI: 10.1007/s10693-011-0116-9
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    Keywords

    Bank; Bank failure; CAMELS; Commercial real estate; FDIC; Financial crisis; Mortgage-backed security; Risk-based capital; Risk weights; G17; G21; G28;
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    JEL classification:

    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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