James R. Cummings

Working paper

Regulatory capital and internal capital targets: An examination of the Australian banking industry

Using a unique but confidential database, this study examines the capital management practices of Australian banks under the Basel regulatory framework. We find evidence of a significantly negative relationship between the internally targeted capital buffers of banks and the state of the business cycle. This...
Working paper

Effect of the basel accord capital requirements on the loan-loss provisioning practices of Australian banks

There are two distinct regimes for bank provisioning in Australia: a forward-looking model for regulatory purposes and an incurred loss model for financial reporting. This study examines the former using a unique but confidential database. We find evidence that: (i) regulatory provisions reflect the default...