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Asymmetric Information and the Death of ABS CDOs

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  • Beltran, Daniel O.
  • Cordell, Lawrence R.
  • Thomas, Charles P.

A key feature of the 2007 financial crisis is that for many securities trading had ceased; where trading did occur, market prices were well below intrinsic values, especially for ABS CDOs. One explanation is that information had been asymmetric, with sellers having better information than buyers. We first show the information advantages sellers had over buyers in both the issuance of CDOs and, through vertical integration, performance of the CDO collateral that could well have disrupted trading after the onset of the crisis. Using a “workhorse" model for pricing securities under asymmetric information and a novel dataset, we show how adverse selection could explain why the bulk of these securities either traded at significant discounts or did not trade at all.

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Paper provided by Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) in its series International Finance Discussion Papers with number 1075.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2013
Date of revision: 16 Nov 2016
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgif:1075
DOI: 10.17016/IFDP.2016.1075r
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