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When Did The Smart Money in Enron Lose Its' Smirk?

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  • Bruce Mizrach

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    (Rutgers University)

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The Enron Corporation went from a $65 billion dollar market capitalization to bankruptcy in just 16 months. Using statistical techniques for extracting the implied probability distributions built into option prices, I examine the market's expectation of Enron's risk of collapse. I find that the "smart money" remained far too optimistic about the stock until just weeks before their bankruptcy filing.

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Paper provided by Rutgers University, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number 200224.

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Date of creation: 25 Sep 2002
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Publication status: Published in Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting 27, 2006, 365-82
Handle: RePEc:rut:rutres:200224

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Keywords: Enron; implied probability distributions; options;

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  1. Haas, Markus & Mittnik, Stefan & Mizrach, Bruce, 2006. "Assessing central bank credibility during the ERM crises: Comparing option and spot market-based forecasts," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 2(1), pages 28-54, April.

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