The evolution of the concept of bank creditworthiness (solvency)

In a theoretical case of a bank liquidation, the assets should cover the deposits by the general public and the shareholder capital.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Banking legislation in force in Guatemala from 1926 to 1946 established a capital to deposit ratio with deposits that were 10 times higher than capital. If the capital was 100 then the deposits could be as high as 1000. If they wanted to increase the deposits, they had to increase capital.
Based on this concept, the greater a bank's obligations are, the greater its capital and reserves should be.

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