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Structured Products: Implications for Financial Markets

  • Adrian Blundell-Wignall
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    The paper looks at financial market innovation and how it has led to the rapid growth of structured products. It explores the mechanisms that come into play as assets inside these products (mortgages, credit card receivables, etc.) suffer losses. The potential size of such losses is currently concerning financial markets, and the paper looks at various ways to quantify the issues and where, going forward, pressures are most likely to arise. The problem is seen mainly as a stock adjustment issue (related to inventories of assets etc.) that is going to require time to set right. Time could well be more important than the cost of capital. The idea of a super fund to buy up unwanted assets should be seen in this context. The paper goes on to look at financial market implications, including the credit supply process, spreads, and the dollar.

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    File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/fmt-v2007-art13-en
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    Article provided by OECD Publishing in its journal Financial Market Trends.

    Volume (Year): 2007 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 27-57

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    Handle: RePEc:oec:dafkab:5l4cvgvtvs41
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