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Collateral Requirements and Asset Prices

Johannes Brumm

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Michael Grill

European Central Bank (ECB)

Felix Kubler

University of Zurich; Swiss Finance Institute

Karl Schmedders

University of Zurich

December 16, 2013

Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 11-10

Many assets derive their value not only from future cash flows but also from their ability to serve as collateral. In this paper, we investigate this collateral premium and its impact on asset returns in an infinite-horizon general equilibrium model with heterogeneous agents facing collateral constraints for borrowing. We document that borrowing against collateral substantially increases the return volatility of long-lived assets. Moreover, otherwise identical assets with different degrees of collateralizability exhibit substantially different return dynamics because their prices contain a sizable collateral premium that varies over time. This premium can be positive even for assets that never pay dividends.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 35

Keywords: Bubbles, collateral constraints, collateral premium, endogenous margins.

JEL Classification: D53, G11, G12.

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Date posted: March 27, 2011 ; Last revised: January 13, 2014

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Brumm, Johannes and Grill, Michael and Kubler, Felix and Schmedders, Karl, Collateral Requirements and Asset Prices (December 16, 2013). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 11-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1792720 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1792720

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Johannes Brumm
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )
Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Michael Grill
European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )
Sonnemannstrasse 22
Frankfurt am Main, 60314

Felix E. Kubler
University of Zurich ( email )
Rämistrasse 71
Zürich, CH-8006
Swiss Finance Institute ( email )
c/o University of Geneve
40, Bd du Pont-d'Arve
1211 Geneva, CH-6900

Karl Schmedders (Contact Author)
University of Zurich ( email )
Moussonstrasse 15
Zürich, CH-8044
+41 (0)44 634 3770 (Phone)
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