The Way We Live Now: Financialization and Securitization

Posted: 28 Nov 2015

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Bonnie Buchanan

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

Date Written: November 25, 2015


Securitization is a global multi-trillion dollar market that embodies financialization. Prior to the recent financial crisis, securitization fueled an unsustainable increase in mortgage credit. As the recent financial crisis reveals, securitization increased credit market volatility and was heightened by a reliance on debt and incentive schemes that focused on short-term profits. As extensive global reform of the securitization market takes place, there are serious reservations about the sustainability of securitization. In this paper I provide a critical perspective on securitization through a number of lenses. The story of securitization comes down to the globalization of finance and the declining importance of banks. I provide an historical assessment of securitization as well as its rise and fall over the last four decades. I also provide a critical perspective on the role of ethics and risk management in securitization in the context of the recent financial crisis. Finally, as many agencies reconsider the future of securitization, I discuss whether all assets are necessarily suitable candidates for the process.

Keywords: Securitization; Financialization; Credit Crisis; Risk Management; Sustainability

JEL Classification: A01, B06, F03, G01, G02, G21, G23, G24, G28

Suggested Citation

Buchanan, Bonnie, The Way We Live Now: Financialization and Securitization (November 25, 2015). Available at SSRN:

Bonnie Buchanan (Contact Author)

Surrey Business School, University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

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