Security Issuance and Investor Information
Andreas A. Jobst
Bermuda Monetary Authority (BMA); International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Monetary and Capital Markets Department (MCM)
February 27, 2005
Although the commoditisation of illiquid asset exposures through securitisation facilitates the disciplining effect of capital markets on the risk management, private information about securitised debt as well as complex transaction structures could possibly impair the fair market valuation. In a simple issue design model without intermediaries we maximise issuer proceeds over a positive measure of issue quality, where a direct revelation mechanism (DRM) by profitable informed investors engages endogenous price discovery through auction-style allocation preference as a continuous function of perceived issue quality. We derive an optimal allocation schedule for maximum issuer payoffs under different pricing regimes if asymmetric information requires underpricing. In particular, we study how the incidence of uninformed investors at varying levels of valuation uncertainty and their function of clearing the market effects profitable informed investment. We find that the issuer optimises own payoffs at each valuation irrespective of the applicable pricing mechanism by awarding informed investors the lowest possible allocation (and attendant underpricing) that still guarantees profitable informed investment. Under uniform pricing the composition of the investor pool ensures that informed investors appropriate higher profit than uninformed types. Any reservation utility by issuers lowers the probability of information disclosure by informed investors and the scope of issuers to curtail profitable informed investment.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44
Keywords: asset securitisation, security design, security issue, direct revelation mechanism, asymmetric information, auction model, asset securitisation, reservation utility
JEL Classification: D82, G12, G14, G23working papers series
Date posted: April 18, 2005
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