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Financial sector balance sheets and vulnerability to financial crises

This September 2006 workshop focused on financial sector balance sheets and vulnerability to financial crises.

Past Event
Monday, 25 September 2006 to Monday, 25 September 2006
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Westpac Stadium, Wellington

This workshop coincided with Professor Richard J Herring's time as the Professorial Fellow in Monetary and Financial Economics at the Reserve Bank New Zealand and Victoria University of Wellington. 

Professor Herring is the Jacob Safra Professor of International Banking at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Director of the Joseph H Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies; and Co-Director of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.

The workshop covered the following topic areas:

  • mortgage lending and real estate impacts on bank balance sheets
  • house prices and urban or rural land prices
  • Basel 2 issues and understanding balance sheet risk
  • securitisation and the development of secondary markets in which financial institutions can offset risk
  • financial sector stress testing
  • behavioural aspects of default
  • implication for balance sheets and risk of sectoral concentration in bank lending.


Session 1

Property prices, lending and vulnerability to financial crises
Welcome by Alan Bollard, Governor, Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Presented by: Richard J. Herring (University of Pennsylvania)
Discussant: Phil Lowe (Reserve Bank of Australia)

Session 2

Basel II: Housing and financial stability
Presented by: Paul Kupiec (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Financial stability and Basel II
Presented by: Paul Kupiec (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Basel II: A case for recalibration
Presented by: Paul Kupiec (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)

Borrower behaviour, mortgage terminations and the price of residential mortgages
Presented by: John Quigley (University of California, Berkeley)
Discussant: James Twaddle (Reserve Bank of New Zealand) and Lex Oxley (University of Canterbury)

Session 3

Credit loss experience of Australasian Banks - Methodological aspects
Presented by: Kurt Hess (University of Waikato)
Discussant: Susan Schroeder (Auckland University of Technology)

A typology of credit loss and provisioning report by banking institutions in Australia
Presented by Kurt Hess (University of Waikato)

A structured approach to stress testing residential mortgage portfolios
Presented by: Ian Harrison and Tim Hampton (Reserve Bank of New Zealand)
Discussant: Peter Hall (ASB Bank)