Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24159
Authors: 
Kleff, Volker
Year of Publication: 
2005
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 05-63
Abstract: 
In contrast to earlier field studies, we survey German public savings banks on their management of capital. We find that the most important determinants of the savings banks? target capital ratio are risk aversion, the desired credit growth and profitability. Savings banks prefer to manage the level of capital rather than the level of riskweighted assets in order to reach their target capital ratio. The most important instruments to increase the level of capital are lowering costs and issuing subordinated debt. We obtain strong evidence that issuing subordinated debt is a particularly important instrument to increase capital for less capitalised savings banks.
Subjects: 
Capital
Savings Banks
Germany
Survey
JEL: 
G21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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