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Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities (CMBS) and Market Efficiency with Respect to Costly Information

  • Andreas D. Christopoulos
  • Robert A. Jarrow
  • Yildiray Yildirim

Commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) are complex asset-backed securities trading in markets that do not currently use derivatives pricing technology. This lack of usage is due to the complexity of the modeling exercise, and only the recent and costly availability of historical data. As such, CMBS markets provide a natural environment for the testing of market efficiency with respect to this costly information. Using this information, this article develops a CMBS pricing model to provide a joint test of the model and market efficiency. Backtesting our pricing model for 4 years, although there is some evidence of abnormal trading profits, we cannot reject the efficiency of the CMBS markets. Copyright 2008 American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association

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Volume (Year): 36 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (09)
Pages: 441-498

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Handle: RePEc:bla:reesec:v:36:y:2008:i:3:p:441-498
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