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Coronavirus shock to financial stability

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Enrico Perotti tells Tim Phillips that while regulatory reform means that banks are unlikely to be at risk, the coronavirus shock poses a serious liquidity risk for the shadow banking sector, where significant funding has been extended on the basis of cash flow rather than real collateral. Avoiding financial panic is key, and will require liquidity support as well as targeted fiscal measures.

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Enrico Perotti tells Tim Phillips that while regulatory reform means that banks are unlikely to be at risk, the coronavirus shock poses a serious liquidity risk for the shadow banking sector, where significant funding has been extended on the basis of cash flow rather than real collateral. Avoiding financial panic is key, and will require liquidity support as well as targeted fiscal measures.

Enrico Perotti
Professor of International Finance, University of Amsterdam; Research Fellow, CEPR Enrico Perotti (PhD Finance, MIT 1990) is Professor of International Finance at the University of Amsterdam. His research in banking and corporate finance, organization theory, political economy, legal and financial history has appeared in the top economics and finance journals. He has held visiting appointments at MIT, Harvard, Oxford, Columbia Business School, London Business School, LSE and the IMF. He acted as consultant to the EC, IMF, FSB, World Bank and DNB. He was the 2011 Houblon Normal Fellow in financial stability at the Bank of England and 2015 Wim Duisenberg Fellow at the ECB. He is Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow at CEPR and Tinbergen Institute.

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