A Cluster Analysis Approach for Bank’s Risk Profile: The Romanian Evidence
European Research Studies Journal, Volume XII, Issue 1, 109-118, 2009
Cluster analysis, as an exploratory technique, by gathering together those credit institutions sharing similar features in terms of financial intermediation activity, proves to be a complementary tool for the peer group analysis, accomplished at the off-site supervision level. The aim of our study was to include a representative sample of Romanian credit institutions into smaller, homogenous clusters, in order to assess which credit institutions have similar patterns according to their risk profile and profitability. We found that, over the period 2004-2006, the clusters remained relatively stable in terms of similarity of exposure to risks and profitability.