Predicting Financial Vulnerability in Malaysia: Evidence From the Signals Approach

Tai-Hock Kuek, Chin-Hong Puah, M. Affendy Arip


This paper aims to investigate Malaysia’s vulnerability to a financial crisis. The methodology employed is an extension of the signals approach based on the original work of Kaminsky and Reinhart (1999). By studying the period from 2000M1 to 2016M9, we construct a financial vulnerability indicator (FVI) to measure the development of vulnerabilities in the Malaysian financial system. Our empirical findings unveil that the causes of crises are multidimensional. Notably, economic slowdown, decline in stock price and weak exports contain good predictive power in assessing financial vulnerability to a crisis. This study highlights the significance of internal and external macroeconomic conditions in determining a country’s vulnerability.

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Research in World Economy
ISSN 1923-3981(Print)ISSN 1923-399X(Online)


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