Time to Buy or Just Buying Time? The Market Reaction to Bank Rescue Packages

38 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2009

Date Written: September 1, 2009


This paper reviews the market reaction to bank rescue packages announced in six countries between October 2008 and January 2009. The study distinguishes the impact on creditors as seen in the change of CDS spreads from the impact on shareholders as seen in the movement of bank stock prices. Government interventions benefited creditors at the expense of shareholders, with bank CDS spreads narrowing around the announcements in all cases. Despite a brief positive reaction, bank stock prices continued to underperform in all countries except the United States where the favourable terms of the government support allowed bank stocks to outperform.

Keywords: banking, rescue packages, stock prices, CDS spreads, financial crisis, event study

JEL Classification: G21, G14, G18

Suggested Citation

King, Michael Robert, Time to Buy or Just Buying Time? The Market Reaction to Bank Rescue Packages (September 1, 2009). BIS Working Paper No. 288, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1481578 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1481578

Michael Robert King (Contact Author)

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