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Why Do Supervisors Rate Banking Organizations?

Abstract: This article addresses a question that at first may appear simple: why do supervisors rate banking organizations? Prudential supervisors have a long-standing practice of confidentially rating the condition of the firms that they supervise. These ratings are used for a variety of purposes and can have important consequences. The authors analyze the history and evolution of this practice and consider how the use of ratings advances the statutory and regulatory goals of supervision of banking organizations. They conclude with a discussion of the implications for the design and implementation of bank ratings systems.

Keywords: bank ratings; banks; financial institutions; bank supervision; bank regulation; financial regulation; risk assessment;

JEL Classification: G21; G28;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Part of Series: Economic Policy Review

Publication Date: 2021-11-01

Volume: 27

Issue: 3

Pages: 27