Macroprudential Stress Testing of Credit Risk: A Practical Approach for Policy Makers
University of St. Gallen
January 1, 2012
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5936
Drawing on the lessons from the global financial crisis and especially from its impact on the banking systems of Eastern Europe, the paper proposes a new practical approach to macroprudential stress testing. The proposed approach incorporates: (i) macroeconomic stress scenarios generated from both a country specific statistical model and historical cross-country crises experience; (ii) indirect credit risk due to foreign currency exposures of unhedged borrowers; (iii) varying underwriting practices across banks and their asset classes based on their relative aggressiveness of lending; (iv) higher correlations between the probability of default and the lossgiven default during stress periods; (v) a negative effect of lending concentration and residual loan maturity on unexpected losses; and (vi) the use of an economic risk weighted capital adequacy ratio as the relevant outcome indicator to measure the resilience of banks to materializing credit risk. The authors apply the proposed approach to a set of Eastern European banks and discuss the results.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 73
Keywords: Banks & Banking Reform, Debt Markets, Currencies and Exchange Rates, Economic Theory & Research, Bankruptcy and Resolution of Financial Distressworking papers series
Date posted: January 6, 2012
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