Counterparty Risk and the Pricing of Defaultable Securities
46 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2000
Date Written: September 19, 1999
Motivated by recent financial crises in East Asia and the U.S. where the downfall of a small number of firms had an economy-wide impact, this paper generalizes existing reduced-form models to include default intensities dependent on the default of a counterparty. In this model, firms have correlated defaults due not only to an exposure to common risk factors, but also to firm-specific risks that are termed ``counterparty risks.'' Numerical examples illustrate the effect of counterparty risk on the pricing of defaultable bonds and credit derivatives such as default swaps.
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JEL Classification: G1
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