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Pay Attention or Pay Extra: Evidence on the Compensation of Investors for the Implicit Credit Risk of Structured Products

  • Arnold, Marc


  • Schuette, Dustin
  • Wagner, Alexander

This paper analyzes the pricing of issuer credit risk in retail structured products. After the default of Lehman Brothers, investors are compensated for the counterparty risk they bear if the products are not constructed to provide an implicit “credit enhancement", i.e., if they do not feature a sufficiently high correlation of the promised payout and the issuer's financial health. Before the financial crisis, and during the crisis up to the default of Lehman Brothers, investors are not compensated for credit risk. As the default of Lehman Brothers has arguably sharpened investors' attention for counterparty risk, these results suggest that whether issuers compensate investors for a certain risk does not only depend on the level but on investors' awareness for the corresponding risk. Our findings have regulatory and policy implications.

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Paper provided by University of St. Gallen, School of Finance in its series Working Papers on Finance with number 1406.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:usg:sfwpfi:2014:06
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