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Banking on Basel : an alternative for capital requirements


Abstract: Equity capital represents a bank?s net worth?the difference between its assets and liabilities. Put another way, it?s the value of assets financed by the bank?s owners, rather than depositors or other sources of funds. Capital serves as a buffer to absorb losses and prevent failures and figures prominently in the banking industry?s ability to lend.

Keywords: Basel capital accord; Capital; Liabilities (Accounting); Risk; Equity; Asset pricing;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Part of Series: Southwest Economy

Publication Date: 2006

Issue: Jul

Pages: 11-13, 16

Order Number: 4