The regulated meltdown of 2008

Critical Review 21 (2-3):301-328 (2009)

ABSTRACT Capital regulations stemming from the Basel accords created incentives for banks to securitize mortgages, even risky ones; hold them at a correspondingly low Basel risk weight; or shift them off of banks' balance sheets to obtain even greater leverage. Securitization was praised by economists and regulators for dispersing risks to investors across the world, providing greater resilience to the financial system. However, since in reality banks tended to hold onto securitized assets?either on their balance sheets or off of them, in off?balance?sheet entities?the accumulated credit risk remained with the banks, especially in the ?shadow banking sector.? This explains the heightened vulnerability of the financial system to a sudden collapse
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