Fair Value Accounting and Financial Contagion: An Analysis of Marking Up

51 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2019

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Chao Tang

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Accounting

Date Written: March 22, 2019

Abstract

This paper examines how fair value accounting can create financial contagion among banks and therefore increase bank regulators' costs of protecting insured depositors. Prior research mainly focuses on the economic consequences of marking down, whereas I contribute to the literature by providing a novel trade-off of marking up. On the one hand, by marking its assets up, a healthy bank obtains additional regulatory capital to absorb a failing bank, which would otherwise be liquidated in a less efficient secondary market, thereby saving regulators' costs. On the other hand, the otherwise healthy bank becomes more leveraged and thus may face excessive default risk after this acquisition, leading to financial contagion and increased overall costs for bank regulators.

Keywords: Fair Value Accounting, Financial Contagion, Prudential Regulation, Bank Closure

JEL Classification: G21, G28, M41, M48

Suggested Citation

Tang, Chao, Fair Value Accounting and Financial Contagion: An Analysis of Marking Up (March 22, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3358180 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3358180

Chao Tang (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Accounting ( email )

Clear Water Bay
Kowloon
Hong Kong

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