Should Bank Supervisors Disclose Information About Their Banks?
by Edward S. Prescott
Bank supervisors gather important information on banks' balance sheet, operations, and management. This is information that is potentially valuable to investors, but neither the supervisors nor the banks are allowed to share it. Should such information be made public? Richmond Fed economist Edward S. Prescott examines whether public dissemination of this knowledge can actually have a negative effect on the ability of supervisors to collect it and therefore limit the effectiveness of supervision.
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