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On credit spread slopes and predicting bank risk

  • C. N. V. Krishnan
  • Peter H. Ritchken
  • James B. Thomson

The authors examine whether credit-spread curves, engendered by a mandatory subordinated-debt requirement for banks, would help predict bank risk. They extract the credit-spread curves each quarter for each bank in our sample, and analyze the information content of credit-spread slopes. They find that credit-spread slopes are significant predictors of future credit spreads. However, credit-spread slopes do not provide significant additional information on future bank-risk variables, over and above other bank-specific and market-wide information.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 0314.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:0314
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