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Banque de France11/12/2012 Ring-fencing the banks Frederic Malherbe London Business School
Motivation Observations linked to the crisis ٧ Rise of securitization – financial innovation ٧ Banks were holding such assets ٧ Banks were seen as “well capitalized” ٧ Basel II −Risk-weights −Internal-Rating-Based (IRB) Approach Tax-payer exposure Volcker Rule, Vickers, and Liikanen Reports ٧ Ring-fencing −Limit exposure −Ensures continuation of essential services
A Representative bank ٧ Initial capital, maximize value of equity ٧ Takes insured deposits ٧ CRS investment opportunity − − Measure 1 of risk averse households ٧ Endowed with 1 unit of consumption good ٧ Storage technology ٧ Utility from end-of-period consumption A single period model
The policy trade-off Bank net-worth: Bailout tax: Regulator objective First order condition
Bottom line Financial sophistication has value But incentives are very strong to ٧ Overestimate diversification ٧ Make side bets Can we trust internal models? ٧ Information asymmetry Mechanism design ٧ In a static world… ٧ In reality… −Full joint distribution matters −Supervisor’s human capital “Ring fencing” may make sense
A possible logic Deposit insurance distorts incentives ٧ But is necessary to preserve confidence ٧ Continuation of essential services Financial innovation is useful ٧ By nature, its impact is hard to assess If cannot confidently supervise ٧ Separate entities If other gains from conglomerate ٧ “Ring-fencing” Deposit taking are insured and do safe stuff Others can innovate but are not insured ٧ If no-bailout clause credible => internalize cost of risk ٧ If fails, deposit institutions are preserved
In practice Volcker Rule: prevent side bets Vickers and Liikanen propose to restrict bank “activities” Remarks ٧ Deposit insurance Vs taking deposits ٧ I assume main goals are −Preserving deposit institutions −Allowing for financial innovation ٧ Prevent adverse alteration of joint distribution
Where to put up the fence? Commercial Bank AL Debt Equity Investment bank Funny business These links are problematic These links seem fine Loans & Bonds Stocks AL Deposits & Debt Equity Commercial bank Beware of credibility !
Some questions and caveats Inside the fence ٧ Assets −Regulator should be able to assess joint distributions −Restrictions on assets, validation? −Interbank positions within the fence? ٧ Liabilities −Collateralized borrowing? −Hybrid liabilities? −Full guarantee? Outside the fence ٧ Credibility (TBTF?) ٧ No restriction at all? −Externalities (among IB and/or towards the fenced institutions) Crisis? ٧ Contingent rules? ٧ Repatriate business within the fence? ٧ Reward the survivors?