Contemporaneous Loan Stress and Termination Risk in the CMBS Pool: How Ruthless is Default?
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business - Finance and Business Economics Department
William C. Wheaton
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Economics
This study analyzes the impact of contemporaneous loan stress on the termination of loans in the commercial mortgage-backed securities pool using a novel measure, based on changes in net operating incomes and property values at the MSA-property type-year level. Employing a semi-parametric competing risks model for a variety of specifications, we find that the probability of default is extremely low at very high levels of stress, even though the coefficient estimates of greatest interest are very statistically significant. These results suggest substantial lender forbearance and a possible reluctance to foreclose, and are consistent with previous literature which models the incidence of default as "gradual" rather than "ruthless" once it is "in the money".
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Commercial mortgages, competing risks, mortgage termination
JEL Classification: G21, R33, C41working papers series
Date posted: October 12, 2005
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