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Could Regional and Cantonal Banks Reduce Credit Risk through National Diversification?

  • Bertrand Rime1
Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics2007143:BF03399233

https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03399233

Published: 29 December 2007

Summary

This paper estimates the reduction of credit risk that can be achieved in Switzerland through a national diversification of bank lending. Using a credit risk model based on corporate default rates, we find that the risk of a nationally diversified loan portfolio can be up to 20% smaller than the average of the risks of cantonal portfolios. From a financial stability perspective, this substantial risk diversification potential should motivate particular scrutiny on the more than hundred Swiss banks staying on the regional business model.

Key words

diversificationeconomic capitalconsolidation

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