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Loan Portfolio Risk and Capital Adequacy: A New Approach to Evaluating the Riskiness of Banks

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Title:Loan Portfolio Risk and Capital Adequacy: A New Approach to Evaluating the Riskiness of Banks
Authors:Charles M C Lee
Yanruo Wang
Qinlin Zhong
Keywords:bank failure prediction
financial statement analysis
risk-weighted assets
riskiness of banks
financial crisis
show 3 morecapital adequacy
loan default contagion
market efficiency
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Date Issued:28 Aug 2019
Abstract:We develop a Loan Portfolio Risk (LPR) variable that measures time-varying volatility in default risk for a portfolio of bank loans. An Equity-to-LPR ratio (ELPR) is incrementally important in predicting bank failure up to five years in advance, even after controlling for all the CAMELS variables. Publicly-listed banks with higher ELPR have lower market implied costs-of-capital. ELPR also strongly predicts cross-sectional stock returns under stress conditions. During the financial crisis (7/2007-6/2011), a cash-neutral strategy that longs high-ELPR and shorts low-ELPR banks yields a monthly alpha of 3.3% to 4.2%. We conclude LPR captures key aspects of bank risk missed by a risk-weighted-asset approach.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/64856
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