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The effect of stressed economic conditions on credit risk in Basel II

Ja'nel Esterhuysen, Gary van Vuuren, Paul Styger
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 14, No 2 | a63 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v14i2.63 | © 2011 Ja'nel Esterhuysen, Gary van Vuuren, Paul Styger | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 August 2010 | Published: 06 June 2011

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Ja'nel Esterhuysen, ABSA Bank, South Africa
Gary van Vuuren, North West University, South Africa
Paul Styger, North West University, South Africa

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The robustness of the Basel II accord in protecting banks during volatile economic periods has been challenged in the ongoing credit crisis. In particular, advanced approaches to measuring and managing credit risk have drawn criticism for being both irrelevant and too complex. Despite accusations that the accord was largely responsible for the crisis, this article explores which of Basel II's credit risk approaches were more successful in allocating capital. It was found that, in general, compliance with Basel II actually protected banks during the crisis, with simpler approaches enjoying greater success than more advanced ones in protecting banks against credit risk.


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