Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Tracy Mott

Keywords

Collateralized debt obligations, Credit default swap, Efficient Market Theory, Structured Finance

Abstract

The tools and techniques of structured finance have changed banking remarkably over the past twenty years. This area grew to become larger than the sum total of traditional banking deposits in 2007. Despite this, the field is poorly understood and its connection to macroeconomic stability was underestimated until the credit crisis. This paper explores the structured finance market in three phases. First, the market is broken into parts based on the incentives and motivations of each of the three major agents in the field. Next, a critical review of pricing models that are used to justify the valuations of the products of structured finance is discussed using actual market data. Finally, the connection between structured finance and the real economy is explored. It is the conclusion of this paper that structured finance can increase economic efficiency, but thus far the risks that its employment create are greater than their benefit.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Brian Charles Fahey

File size

100 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Finance, Economic theory

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