Commercial Bank Failures During the Great Recession: The Real (Estate) Story

49 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2015

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Adonis Antoniades

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Finance

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Date Written: November 2015

Abstract

The primary driver of commercial bank failures during the Great Recession was exposure to the real estate sector, not aggregate funding strains. The main "toxic" exposure was credit to non-household real estate borrowers, not traditional home mortgages or agency MBS. Private-label MBS contributed to the failure of large banks only. Failed banks skewed their portfolios towards product categories that performed poorly on aggregate. In addition, within each product category they held assets of lower quality than those held by survivor banks.

Keywords: bank failures, Great Recession, real estate, mortgage-backed securities, credit lines, credit growth

JEL Classification: G21, G28, R33

Suggested Citation

Antoniades, Adonis, Commercial Bank Failures During the Great Recession: The Real (Estate) Story (November 2015). BIS Working Paper No. 530. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2697112

Adonis Antoniades (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Finance ( email )

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