Re-Use of Collateral: Leverage, Volatility, and Welfare

31 Pages Posted: 7 Feb 2017

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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

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Date Written: February 6, 2017

Abstract

We assess the quantitative implications of the re-use of collateral on financial market leverage, volatility, and welfare within an infinite-horizon asset-pricing model with heterogeneous agents. In our model, the ability of agents to re-use frees up collateral that can be used to back more transactions. Re-use thus contributes to the build-up of leverage and significantly increases volatility in financial markets. When introducing limits on re-use, we find that volatility is strictly decreasing as these limits become tighter, yet the impact on welfare is non-monotone. In the model, allowing for some re-use can improve welfare as it enables agents to share risk more effectively. Allowing reuse beyond intermediate levels, however, can lead to excessive leverage and lower welfare. So the analysis in this paper provides a rationale for limiting, yet not banning, re-use in financial markets.

Keywords: heterogeneous agents, leverage, re-use of collateral, volatility, welfare

JEL Classification: D53, G01, G12, G18

Suggested Citation

Brumm, Johannes and Grill, Michael and Kubler, Felix E. and Schmedders, Karl, Re-Use of Collateral: Leverage, Volatility, and Welfare (February 6, 2017). Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper No. 17-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2912799 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2912799

Johannes Brumm

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology ( email )

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Michael Grill

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

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Germany

Felix E. Kubler

University of Zurich ( email )

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Swiss Finance Institute

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Karl Schmedders (Contact Author)

University of Zurich ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8044
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+41 (0)44 634 3770 (Phone)

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