An Investigation of Some Macro-Financial Linkages of Securitization

48 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2009

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Mangal Goswami

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Andreas (Andy) Jobst

International Monetary Fund (IMF) - European Department

Xin Long

Sapienza University of Rome

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Date Written: February 2009

Abstract

Policy-makers have attributed the scale of the credit crisis and its profound impact on money markets (as well as financial sector stability) to the fast rise of securitization and the way it has arguably complicated both the conduct of monetary policy and the effect of interest rate transmission to the real economy. In our study, we examine whether financial innovation, specifically through securitization, has altered the nature of some macro-financial linkages, often with considerable policy implications. We find that securitization activity in the United States (mature market) and South Africa (emerging market) has indeed dampened the interest rate elasticity of real output via the balance sheet channel (while decreasing the interest rate pass-through from policy rates to market rates). That being said, current reservations about securitization do not invalidate the fact that securitization activity helps cushion the immediate impact of interest rate shocks to loan origination, which might be particularly effective in EM countries where poorly developed capital markets provide few alternatives to bank lending.

Keywords: Monetary policy, United States, South Africa, Securities markets, Money markets, Capital markets, Market interest rates, Emerging markets, Economic models, Cross country analysis

Suggested Citation

Goswami, Mangal and Jobst, Andreas A. and Long, Xin, An Investigation of Some Macro-Financial Linkages of Securitization (February 2009). IMF Working Paper No. 09/26, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1356454

Mangal Goswami (Contact Author)

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Xin Long

Sapienza University of Rome ( email )

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