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Equity Investment Regulation and Bank Risk: Evidence from Japanese Commercial Banks

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Using data from Japanese banks, this paper empirically investigates the relation between equity investment and bank risk during the period of banking crisis. Empirical evidence suggests that bank risk is positively associated with the ratio of shareholding to equity capital, suggesting that limiting shareholding can reduce commercial banks’ exposure to market risk. However, regulators should not expect that restricting banks from shareholding automatically leads to less bank failures in a financial system. This is because unhealthy banks voluntarily refrain from holding a large amount of firms’ shares relative to their equity capital, and bank risk is less sensitive to shareholding at unhealthy banks than at healthy banks.

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  • Konishi, Masaru, 2012. "Equity Investment Regulation and Bank Risk: Evidence from Japanese Commercial Banks," Working Paper Series G-1-1, Hitotsubashi University Center for Financial Research.
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    Keywords

    Bank risk; Bank shareholding; Separation of banking and commerce;
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    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G28 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General

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