Another exam results in 5s on all CAMELS ratings
This advisory was prompted specifically by agency concerns about insurers requesting or requiring banks to provide their CAMELS ratings
in the context of underwriting directors and officers liability ("D&O") policies.
(30) The CAMELS ratings
are also used to determine the price banks pay for deposit insurance.
We proxy for the intensity of bank supervision using bank supervisory CAMELS ratings
as banks with poor CAMELS ratings
are typically subjected to heightened scrutiny from supervisors as they are required to remedy significant safety and soundness weaknesses identified in the examination.
We limit the banks identified as thriving banks to those with CAMELS ratings
of 1 for two reasons.
While the FDIC plans to continue employing capital ratios and CAMELS ratings
, the FDIC plans to use a variety of available statistics to help evaluate the risk level of an individual insured large bank.
Table 1 Proposed FDIC Risk Categories for Pricing Deposit Insurance Weighted CAMELS rating
1-2 3 4-5 Well capitalized I II III (2-4 bps) (7 bps) (25 bps) Well capitalized II II III (7 bps) (7 bps) (25 bps) Undercapitalized III III IV (25 bps) (25 bps) (40 bps) Note: The six CAMELS ratings
(see footnote 9) would be weighted as follows: 25 percent, C; 20 percent, A; 25 percent, M; 10 percent, E; 10 percent, L; and 10 percent, S (FDIC 2006, 34).
were pulled from a nonpublic portion of the National Information Center database; only examiners, analysts, and economists involved in supervision at the state or federal level can access these series.
As a result of actions by insurers, the agencies have requested the assistance of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in notifying insurance companies that the practice of requesting or requiring CAMELS ratings
should be discontinued.
They find that the information content of the CAMELS ratings
derived from on-site examinations can decay fairly rapidly.
One study which provides a very brief although interesting attempt to integrate the information provided by efficiency measures with that found in CAMELS ratings
is by Simeone and Li (1997).
For simplicity, this study applies the term CAMEL to both CAMEL and CAMELS ratings
. In contrast to CRA ratings, the CAMEL rating system clearly is directed at containing risk.