Bank disclosure and market assessment of financial fragility: Evidence from Turkish banks' equity prices

G. Tumer Alkan, M.F. Penas

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In this paper we explore whether Turkish banks with worsening indicators of financial fragility were subject to market monitoring during the years leading to the 2000/2001 crisis, and how the quality and timeliness of the disclosure affect market reaction. We find that shareholders reacted negatively to indicators of financial fragility such as increases in maturity mismatches, currency mismatches, and non-performing loans, showing shareholders' concerns about the impact of financial fragility indicators on future profits. We also find that audited statements that show larger reporting lags, are not informative, pointing to the need of improving their timeliness. Finally, our study suggests that the finding that securities prices react to financial fragility indicators should not be taken as sufficient evidence of banks' safety and soundness. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-178
JournalJournal of Financial Services Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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