Financial Crisis Containment and Government Guarantees
Show Less

Financial Crisis Containment and Government Guarantees

Edited by John Raymond LaBrosse, Rodrigo Olivares-Caminal and Dalvinder Singh

Financial Crisis Containment and Government Guarantees analyses the international community’s commitment to forging enhanced, well thought-out, mechanisms for containing systemic risks in the context of a highly interconnected global financial framework which incorporates ongoing financial innovation.
Buy Book in Print
Show Summary Details
You do not have access to this content

Chapter 10: Government guarantees and contingent capital: Choosing good shock absorbers

David G. Mayes


This chapter considers government guarantees in the context of recent experience and proposals for enabling shocks to the banking system to be absorbed without the need for taxpayer-funded bailouts. The chapter argues that guarantees have an important but limited role to play in the financial safety net, when the operation of financial markets is impaired. It argues further that where possible such guarantees should be priced and reflect the costs that financial institutions would have incurred had markets been functioning normally. With interconnected international markets, guarantees offered by one country can have implications for others. For example, when Australia offered guarantees in the spring of 2008, both for wholesale funding and for deposits, New Zealand had little choice but to follow within a day or two. Similarly, when Sweden introduced guarantees for its banks around the same time, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, this had unintended adverse consequences for the domestic banking system in Latvia, where the authorities could not afford a matching offer.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information

or login to access all content.