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Do Global Banks Spread Global Imbalances? The Case of Asset-Backed Commercial Paper During the Financial Crisis of 2007-09


Viral V. Acharya


New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance

Philipp Schnabl


New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

June 2010

NBER Working Paper No. w16079

Abstract:     
The global imbalance explanation of the financial crisis of 2007-09 suggests that demand for riskless assets from countries with current account surpluses created fragility in countries with current account deficits, most notably, in the United States. We examine this explanation by analyzing the geography of asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) conduits set up by large commercial banks. We show that both banks located in surplus countries and banks located in deficit countries manufactured riskless assets of $1.2 trillion by selling short-term ABCP to risk-averse investors, predominantly U.S. money market funds, and investing the proceeds primarily in long-term U.S. assets. As negative information about U.S. assets became apparent in August 2007, banks in both surplus and deficit countries experienced difficulties in rolling over ABCP and as a result suffered significant losses. We conclude that global banking flows, rather than global imbalances, determined the geography of the financial crisis.

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Acharya, Viral V. and Schnabl, Philipp, Do Global Banks Spread Global Imbalances? The Case of Asset-Backed Commercial Paper During the Financial Crisis of 2007-09 (June 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16079. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1624120

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Viral V. Acharya (Contact Author)
New York University - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance
Stern School of Business
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United States
Philipp Schnabl
New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance ( email )
Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012-1126
United States
HOME PAGE: http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~sternfin/pschnabl/
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )
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