DP10435 Financial Stability Policies for Shadow Banking

Author(s): Tobias Adrian
Publication Date: March 2015
Keyword(s): financial intermediation, shadow bank policies, systemic risk
JEL(s): E44, G00, G01, G28
Programme Areas: Financial Economics
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This paper explores financial stability policies for the shadow banking system. I tie policy options to economic mechanisms for shadow banking that have been documented in the literature. I then illustrate the role of shadow bank policies using three examples: agency mortgage real estate investment trusts, leveraged lending, and captive reinsurance affiliates. For each example, the economic mechanisms are explained, the potential risks emanating from the activities are described, and policy options to mitigate such risks are listed. The overarching theme of the analysis is that any policy prescription for the shadow banking system is highly specific relative to the particular activity.