Getting the Most Out of a Mandatory Subordinated Debt Requirement
Posted: 17 Feb 2004
Recent advances in asset pricing - the reduced-form approach to pricing risky debt and derivatives - are used to quantitatively evaluate several proposals for mandatory bank issue of subordinated debt. We find that credit spreads on both fixed- and floating-rate subordinated debt provide relatively clean signals of bank risk and are not unduly influenced by nonrisk factors. Fixed-rate debt with a put is unacceptable, but making the putable debt floating resolves most problems. Our approach also helps to clarify several different notions of "bank risk."
Keywords: Subordinated debt, banks, asset pricing
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