Size and support ratings of US banks
We examine whether Fitch support ratings of US banks depend on bank size. Using quarterly data for the period 2004:Q4 to 2012:Q4 and controlling for several factors that make large and small banks different, we find that bank size is positively related to support ratings. However, the effect is non-linear in line with the ‘too-big-to-rescue’ argument. After the failure of Lehman Brothers and the passing of Dodd-Frank the relation between size and potential support has become stronger.
Keywords: Support ratings, Bank size, Too-big-too-fail, Financial crises.
JEL classification: G21, G32, L25.
Working paper no. 434
- Tigran Poghosyan
- Charlotte Werger
- Jakob de Haan