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ESBies: Safety in the Tranches

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  • Brunnermeier, Markus K
  • Langfield, Sam
  • Pagano, Marco
  • Reis, Ricardo
  • van Nieuwerburgh, Stijn
  • Vayanos, Dimitri

Abstract

The euro crisis was fueled by the diabolic loop between sovereign risk and bank risk, coupled with cross-border flight-to-safety capital flows. European Safe Bonds (ESBies), a union-wide safe asset without joint liability, would help to resolve these problems. We make three contributions. First, numerical simulations show that ESBies would be at least as safe as German bunds and approximately double the supply of euro safe assets when protected by a 30%-thick junior tranche. Second, a model shows how, when and why the two features of ESBies---diversification and seniority---can weaken the diabolic loop and its diffusion across countries. Third, we propose a step-by-step guide on how to create ESBies, starting with limited issuance by public or private-sector entities.

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  • Brunnermeier, Markus K & Langfield, Sam & Pagano, Marco & Reis, Ricardo & van Nieuwerburgh, Stijn & Vayanos, Dimitri, 2016. "ESBies: Safety in the Tranches," CEPR Discussion Papers 11537, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    Keywords

    bank-sovereign loop; ESBies; Euro crisis; monetary policy; public debt issuance; safe assets;

    JEL classification:

    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets
    • G2 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services
    • H6 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt

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