Banks, Government Bonds, and Default: What do the Data Say?

Banks, Government Bonds, and Default: What do the Data Say?
We analyze holdings of public bonds by over 20,000 banks in 191 countries, and the role of these bonds in 20 sovereign defaults over 1998-2012. Banks hold many public bonds (on average 9% of their assets), particularly in less financially-developed countries. During sovereign defaults, banks increase their exposure to public bonds, especially... READ MORE...

Publication date: July 2014
ISBN 9781498391993
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