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Credit default swap spreads and systemic financial risk

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  • Stefano Giglio

"This paper measures the joint default risk of financial institutions by exploiting information about counterparty risk in credit default swaps (CDS). A CDS contract written by a bank to insure against the default of another bank is exposed to the risk that both banks default. From CDS spreads we can then learn about the joint default risk of pairs of banks. From bond prices we can learn the individual default probabilities. Since knowing individual and pairwise probabilities is not sufficient to fully characterize multiple default risk, I derive the tightest bounds on the probability that many banks fail simultaneously." JEL Classification: G21, E44, G28

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Proceedings with number 1122.

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Length: 104-141
Date of creation: 2011
Publication status: Published in Conference on Bank Structure and Competition (2011: 47th) ; Implementing Dodd-Frank : Progress and Recommendations for the Future
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhpr:1122
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