Structured Finance Influence on Financial Market Stability – Evaluation of Current Regulatory Developments
Sebastian Alexander Schuetz
University of Lueneburg
June 29, 2010
In 2007 the world faced one of the biggest financial crises ever. It was the third important financial crisis in the last 12 years. Spillovers to the real economy and moral hazard behaviour of carpetbaggers resulted in enormous pressure on worldwide political institutions to approve a more rigorous regulation on financial institutions and to predict financial crises via early warning systems. We analyzed the performance of structured finance ratings and structured finance issuance/outstanding to detect the main shortcomings of the subprime crisis. Afterwards, we explain the behaviour of market participants with theoretical models and a survey of institutions involved in securitization. With the conclusions of this analysis we evaluate the EU regulation on credit rating agencies and current Basel II enhancements. Finally we can determine that most regulatory enhancements are in accordance with our analyzed shortcomings. Some approaches like the introduction of a leverage ratio are counterproductive and a danger for worldwide economic growth.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 43
Keywords: Structured Finance, Ratings, Regulation, Subprime Crisis, Basel II, Leverage Ratio
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G24, G28working papers series
Date posted: June 29, 2010
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