Solvency, Liquidity, Asset-Backed Paper, and the Carry Trade

  • Dimitris N. Chorafas
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Banking and Financial Institutions book series (SBFI)


Regulators, members of the board of directors, and the public must be confident that the capital requirements of a credit institution are determined in a way that enhances safety and soundness, not only of the company itself but of the banking system as a whole. While capital adequacy regulations should neither penalize banks nor artificially distort the competitive playing field, they should assure the bank’s survival in case of crisis — precisely when core capital is the most important. In terms of capital adequacy, banks suffer from two catastrophic risks:
  • Insolvency, and

  • Illiquidity.


Central Bank Credit Risk Credit Rating Hedge Fund European Central Bank 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dimitris N. Chorafas
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  1. 1.New York Academy of SciencesUSA

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