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    On pricing risky loans and collateralized fund obligations

    Eberlein, E. and Geman, Hélyette and Madan, D.B. (2009) On pricing risky loans and collateralized fund obligations. Journal of Credit Risk 5 (3), pp. 37-54. ISSN 1744-6619.

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    Loan spreads are analyzed for two types of loans. The first type takes losses at maturity only; the second follows the formulation of collateralized fund obligations, with losses registered over the lifetime of the contract. In both cases, the implementation requires the choice of a process for the underlying asset value and the identification of the parameters. The parameters of the process are inferred from the option volatility surface by treating equity options as compound options with equity itself being viewed as an option on the asset value with a strike set at the debt level following Merton. Using data on the stock of General Motors during 2002-3, we show that the use of spectrally negative Lévy processes is capable of delivering realistic spreads without inflating debt levels, deflating debt maturities or deviating from the estimated probability laws.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Commodities Finance Centre
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2010 14:56
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 16:51


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