From the Horse's Mouth: Surveying Responses to Stress by Banks and Insurers
63 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2020 Last revised: 3 Feb 2021
Date Written: April, 2018
Existing stress tests do not capture feedback loops between individual institutions and the financial system. To identify feedback loops, the European Systemic Risk Board has developed macroprudential surveys that ask banks and insurers how they would behave in a macroeconomic stress scenario. In a pilot application of these surveys, we find evidence of herding behaviour in the banking sector, notably concerning credit retrenchment. Results show that the consequences can be large, potentially undoing the initial effects of banks’ remedial actions by worsening their solvency position. In contrast, insurers’ responses to the survey provide little evidence of herding in response to macroeconomic stress. These results highlight the usefulness of macroprudential surveys in identifying feedback loops.
JEL Classification: E30, E44, G10, G18, G21, G22, G28
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