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The Impact of Capital Structure on Economic Capital and Risk Adjusted Performance

  • Bruce T. Porteous (a1) and Pradip Tapadar (a2)
Abstract

The impact that capital structure and capital asset allocation have on financial services firm economic capital and risk adjusted performance is considered. A stochastic modelling approach is used in conjunction with banking and insurance examples. It is demonstrated that gearing up Tier 1 capital with Tier 2 capital can be in the interests of bank Tier 1 capital providers, but may not always be so for insurance Tier 1 capital providers. It is also shown that, by allocating a bank or insurance firm’s Tier 1 and Tier 2 capital to higher yielding, more risky assets, risk adjusted performance can be enhanced. These results are particularly pertinent with the advent of the new Basel 2 and Solvency 2 risk based capital initiatives, for banks and insurers respectively.

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R.G. Rajan and L. Zingales (1995) What Do We Know About Capital Structure? Some Evidence from International Data. Journal of Finance 50, 14211460.

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ASTIN Bulletin: The Journal of the IAA
  • ISSN: 0515-0361
  • EISSN: 1783-1350
  • URL: /core/journals/astin-bulletin-journal-of-the-iaa
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