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Residential Mortgage Credit Derivatives

Jefferson Duarte

Rice University

Douglas A. McManus

Office of the Chief Economist - Freddie Mac

October 7, 2008

As the fallout from subprime losses clearly demonstrates, the credit risk in residential mortgages is large and economically significant. To manage this risk, this paper proposes the creation of derivative instruments based on the credit losses of a reference mortgage pool. We argue that these derivatives would enable banks to retain whole loans while also enjoying the capital benefits of hedging the credit risk in their mortgage portfolios. In comparisons of hedging effectiveness, we show that instruments based on credit losses outperform contracts based on house-price appreciation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 33

Keywords: Credit risk, residential mortgages, credit derivatives

JEL Classification: G21

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Date posted: October 14, 2008  

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Duarte, Jefferson and McManus, Douglas A., Residential Mortgage Credit Derivatives (October 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1280404 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1280404

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Jefferson Duarte (Contact Author)
Rice University ( email )
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Douglas A. McManus
Office of the Chief Economist - Freddie Mac ( email )
8200 Jones Branch Road
McLean, VA 22101
United States
703-903-2953 (Phone)
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