IMF identifies early indicators of bank weakness

Research from the International Monetary Fund identifies a set of indicators and thresholds to distinguish between sound banks and those vulnerable to financial distress.

The paper presents a database of distress in individual banks across the European Union from the mid-1990s to 2008, and finds that depositors' discipline and stock prices contain useful information about the likelihood of a bank's default.

The research also argues that more concentrated banking markets are characterised by a

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