June 2015 issue contents
Systemic risk and the solvency-liquidity nexus of banks

by Diane Pierreta


This paper highlights the empirical interaction between solvency and liquidity risks of banks that make them particularly vulnerable to an aggregate crisis. In line with the literature explaining bank runs based on the quality of the bank's fundamentals, I find that banks lose their access to short-term funding when markets expect they will be insolvent in a crisis. This solvency-liquidity nexus is found to be strong under many robustness checks and to contain useful information for forecasting the short-term balance sheet of banks. The results suggest that capital not only acts as a loss-absorbing buffer, but it also ensures the confidence of creditors to continue to provide funding to the banks in a crisis.

JEL Codes: G01, G21, G28.

Full article (PDF, 35 pages, 1242 kb)

Discussion by Tobias Adrian


a University of Lausanne