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On Credit-Spread Slopes and Predicting Bank Risk

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  • Krishnan, C. N. V.
  • Ritchken, P. H.
  • Thomson, J. B.

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We examine whether bank credit-spread curves, engendered by subordinated debt, would help predict bank risk. We extract credit-spread curves for each bank each quarter and analyze the predictive properties of credit-spread slopes. We find that credit-spread slopes are significant predictors of future credit spreads. We also find that credit-spread slopes provide significant additional information on future bank risk variables, over and above other bank-specific and market-wide information.

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  • Krishnan, C. N. V. & Ritchken, P. H. & Thomson, J. B., 2006. "On Credit-Spread Slopes and Predicting Bank Risk," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 38(6), pages 1545-1574, September.
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