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Liquidating illiquid collateral

Oehmke, Martin (2014) Liquidating illiquid collateral. Journal of Economic Theory, 149. pp. 183-210. ISSN 1095-7235

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jet.2013.02.001


Defaults of financial institutions can cause large, disorderly liquidations of repo collateral. This paper analyzes the dynamics of such liquidations. The model shows that (i) the equilibrium price of the collateral asset can overshoot; (ii) the creditor structure in repo lending involves a fundamental trade-off between risk sharing and inefficient “rushing for the exits” by competing sellers of collateral; (iii) repo lenders should take into account creditor structure, strategic interaction, and their own balance sheet constraints when setting margins; and (iv) the model provides a framework to analyze transfers of repo collateral to “deep-pocket” buyers or a repo resolution authority.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Finance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 07:48
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:13

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