ScienceDirect Publication: Finance Research Letters
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 18:02:02 GMT language
Publication date: Available online 19 February 2020
Source: Finance Research Letters
Author(s): Sergio Mayordomo, María Rodríguez-Moreno
This paper studies the effect of macroprudential requirements on capital ratios for a sample of euro area banks. We first document that banks’ capital ratios are typically above minimum regulatory levels. The banks in our sample differ in their degree of systemic importance and once we split the banks according to this criterion, we find that non-systemically important banks build up capital buffers to a higher extent than systemic banks and in excess of minimum requirements. The main channel through which these banks enhance their capital ratios is the optimization of risk-weighted assets, particularly by rebalancing portfolios towards safer assets.