Credit Risk Interconnectedness: What Does the Market Really Know?
35 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2015 Last revised: 22 Jan 2016
Date Written: November 6, 2015
We analyze the relation between market-based credit risk interconnectedness among banks during the crisis and the associated balance sheet linkages via funding and securities holdings. For identification, we use a proprietary dataset that has the funding positions of banks at the bank-to-bank level for 2006-13 in conjunction with investments of banks at the security level and the credit register from Germany. We find asymmetries both cross-sectionally and over time: when banks face difficulties to raise funding, the interbank lending affects market-based bank interconnectedness. Moreover, banks with investments in securities related to troubled classes have a higher credit risk interconnectedness. Overall, our results suggest that market-based measures of interdependence can serve well as risk monitoring tools in the absence of disaggregated high-frequency bank fundamental data.
Keywords: Credit Risk, Networks, CDS, Interbank Lending, Portfolio Distance
JEL Classification: C33, C53, E44, F36, G12, G14, G18, G21
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