Art-Backed Lending: Implied Spreads and Art Risk Management
Rachel A.J. Pownall
Tilburg University - Department of Finance; Maastricht University - Department of Finance
March 20, 2009
The increasing portion of individuals' wealth in art sets the stage for art-backed lending services. Considering widely used credit default swaps, the paper applies the structure to art-backed loans and develops an extensive pricing model for the derivatives contract, explicitly taking art market characteristics into account. Using a CDS pricing methodology sheds light on current lending spreads and provides a risk management tool for art-backed lending institutions. At the same time, an introduced art credit default swap would offer an ability to transfer the lender's risk with respect to the art price. The results suggest that credit risk accounts for at most 50% of current art-backed lending spreads.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: Art Market, Credit Default Swaps, Risk Management
JEL Classification: G13, G14, Z11
Date posted: April 1, 2008 ; Last revised: March 23, 2009
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