Collateral Requirements and Asset Prices

25 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2015

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Johannes Brumm

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Michael Grill

European Central Bank (ECB)

Felix Kubler

University of Zurich; Swiss Finance Institute; Swiss Finance Institute

Karl Schmedders

University of Zurich

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Date Written: February 2015

Abstract

Many assets derive their value not only from future cash flows but also from their ability to serve as collateral. In this article, we investigate this collateral premium and its impact on asset returns in an infinite‐horizon general equilibrium model with heterogeneous agents. 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.

Suggested Citation

Brumm, Johannes and Grill, Michael and Kubler, Felix E. and Schmedders, Karl, Collateral Requirements and Asset Prices (February 2015). International Economic Review, Vol. 56, Issue 1, pp. 1-25, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554760 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/iere.12092

Johannes Brumm (Contact Author)

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Felix E. Kubler

University of Zurich ( email )

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Karl Schmedders

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