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Securitization and the dark side of diversification

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Diversification by banks affects the systemic risk of the sector. Importantly, Wagner (2010) shows that linear diversification increases systemic risk. We consider the case of securitization, whereby loan portfolios are sliced into tranches with different seniority levels. We show that tranching offers nonlinear diversification strategies, which can reduce the failure risk of individual institutions beyond the minimum level attainable by linear diversification without increasing systemic risk.

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  • van Oordt, Maarten R.C., 2014. "Securitization and the dark side of diversification," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 23(2), pages 214-231.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfinin:v:23:y:2014:i:2:p:214-231
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jfi.2013.05.001
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    Keywords

    Securitization; Diversification; Systemic risk; Risk management; Tranching;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages

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