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An Option-Based Approach to Bank Vulnerabilities in Emerging Markets

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  • Arnaud Jobert
  • Janet Kong
  • Jorge A Chan-Lau

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We measure bank vulnerability in emerging markets using the distance-to-default, a risk-neutral indicator based on Merton's (1974) structural model of credit risk. The indicator is estimated using equity prices and balance-sheet data for 38 banks in 14 emerging market countries. Results show it can predict a bank's credit deterioration up to nine months in advance. The distance-to-default, hence, may prove useful for bank monitoring purposes.

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  • Arnaud Jobert & Janet Kong & Jorge A Chan-Lau, 2004. "An Option-Based Approach to Bank Vulnerabilities in Emerging Markets," IMF Working Papers 04/33, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:04/33
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    Keywords

    Banks; Emerging markets; Financial crisis; International financial markets; Distance-to-default; forecasting; banking; correlation; bank distress; probability;

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