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Subordinated debt and bank capital reform

In recent years there has been a growing realization that there are significant problems with the current bank risk-based capital guidelines. As financial firms have become more sophisticated and complex they have effectively arbitraged the existing capital requirements. They have become so good at avoiding the intent of capital regulation that the regulations have essentially ceased to be a safety and soundness issue for supervisors and have become more a compliance issue. There is also a growing realization that bank regulation must more effectively incorporate market discipline to ...
FRB Atlanta Working Paper , Paper 2000-24

Journal Article
Is the consumer overextended?

An evaluation of consumer spending and the part it plays in the expansion of the economy, with a discussion of the role of debt and assets as constraints on future spending.
Economic Commentary , Issue Nov

Journal Article
The changing American attitude toward debt, and its consequences

The American people no longer view the government budget deficit as a significant problem. This represents a radical change in the attitude of Americans from thirty years ago, when even small deficits were viewed with great concern. People are not much concerned about our long string of trade deficits, either. Moreover, there is no perception of the linkage between the federal budget deficit and the trade deficit. ; The author describes the factors that have produced this change in American values, drawing on his own experience in government. He goes on to assess the consequences, past and ...
New England Economic Review , Issue May , Pages 34-39

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Is foreign-currency indexed debt a commitment technology? Some evidence from Brazil and Mexico

We examine the effects of foreign currency-indexed debt upon inflationary expectations in Brazil and Mexico. Conjecturing that markets will view increasing overhangs of foreign currency-indexed debt as a commitment technology that fiscally punishes devaluation, we test whether increasing such overhangs will attenuate the effect of monetary growth upon inflationary expectations. We find some econometric confirmation of these conjectures in both the Brazilian and Mexican cases. Finding that the results are consistent with the notion that increasing the share of dollar indexed debt may also ...
Center for Latin America Working Papers , Paper 0299

Working Paper
Debt covenants and renegotiation

Working Papers , Paper 90-21

Debt Statistics a La Carte: Alternative Recipes for Measuring Government Indebtedness

According to Eurostat, the Greek government owed ?317 billion in debt at the end of 2014. This is equivalent to more than 177% of gross domestic product (GDP) or 387% of tax revenue, and amounts to almost ?30,000 per person. This seems like a very large sum. For comparison, of the other highly indebted European countries that received financial assistance, Portuguese government debt amounted to 130% of GDP, while Irish government debt amounted to 110% of GDP
Chicago Fed Letter

Conference Paper
For richer, for poorer: sovereign debt contracts in crisis

Proceedings , Paper 640

Conference Paper
Getting the most out of mandatory subordinated debt requirement

Proceedings , Paper 848

Conference Paper
Debt problems and macroeconomic policies

Proceedings - Economic Policy Symposium - Jackson Hole



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