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Optimal contract for asset trades: Collateralizing or selling?

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I study the conditions under which assets are sold or used as collateral. Secured loans can be optimal by reducing the lender's incentives to acquire costly information about the future value of collateral assets. Furthermore, when the borrower has incentives to falsify the assets' quality, the assets cannot be sold but can be used as collateral via over-collateralization, and secured loans are optimal. However, under secured debts, the borrower may default strategically. Thus, an asset sale can be optimal under some conditions. In the paper, I also provide a theoretic explanation for the negative correlations between interest rates and haircuts.

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  • Kang, Kee-Youn, 2021. "Optimal contract for asset trades: Collateralizing or selling?," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 56(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finmar:v:56:y:2021:i:c:s1386418120300598
    DOI: 10.1016/j.finmar.2020.100590
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    Keywords

    Asymmetric information; Costly information acquisition; Fraud; Secured loan contracts;
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    JEL classification:

    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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