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Economic Commentary

Interbank Exposure in the Fourth Federal Reserve District

Contagion risk in the banking system - the sensitivity of a bank to the failure of another bank - is a source of public policy concern. It is especially a problem when the failure of one bank, or a limited number of banks, causes multiple failures in the banking system. Significant contagion effects have public policy implications both for the way banks are regulated and for the solvency of federal deposit insurance funds.

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Suggested Citation

Thomson, James B. 1987. “Interbank Exposure in the Fourth Federal Reserve District.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 8/1/1987.