International Pension Swaps

Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Vol. 1, January 2002

Posted: 18 Feb 2002  

Zvi Bodie

Boston University - Department of Finance & Economics

Robert C. Merton

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Harvard Business School - Finance Unit

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Abstract

During the past twenty years, swap contracts have become key financial "adapters" linking diverse national financial systems to the global financial network. Today banks and investment companies around the world use swaps extensively to manage their currency, interest-rate, and equity-market risks and to lower their transaction costs. Yet pension funds, which have grown rapidly over that same 20-year period, hardly use swaps at all. This paper suggests how pension funds could use swaps to achieve the risk-sharing benefits of broad international diversification and hedging while avoiding the "flight" of scarce domestic capital to other countries. The paper also shows how swaps can be used to lower the risks of expropriation and to lower the other transaction costs of investing in other countries.

Notes: This is a description of the paper and not the actual abstract.

Keywords: Swap, pension fund, international diversification

JEL Classification: F3, G15, G18, G23, K23, K33

Suggested Citation

Bodie, Zvi and Merton, Robert C., International Pension Swaps. Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, Vol. 1, January 2002. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=291493

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