Stress Testing the Enterprise Sector's Bank Debt - a Micro Approach
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- Staff Memo 
This paper describes Norges Bank’s micro stress testing framework for assessing the Norwegian banking sector’s losses on loans to the non-financial enterprise sector. Using projected macro variables and a stock-flow approach, annual financial statements of every firm in Norway are projected five years ahead. The loan loss potential is then assessed using a credit scoring model. We present a backtest of projections taking the history of macro variables as given. Our results are fairly good using a relatively simple set-up, and we conclude that stock-flow projections of financial statements can be useful for stress testing banks’ loan portfolios.