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Derivatives usage, securitization, and the crash sensitivity of bank stocks

Rouven Trapp and Gregor N.F. Weiß

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2016, vol. 71, issue C, 183-205

Abstract: We show that the information on derivatives usage and securitization activities of U.S. banks as disclosed in their pre-crisis 10-K filings explains extreme equity returns of banks during the financial crisis. Stocks of banks that had previously disclosed a more extensive use of financial derivatives and loan securitization were more likely to experience extreme losses. Our findings are consistent with investors viewing banks that used derivatives for non-hedging purposes as highly vulnerable to the crisis. Moreover, banks which had significant securitization activities and were thus potentially exposed to under-capitalized risks from conduits possess a higher vulnerability of their equity to market downturns.

Keywords: Financial crisis; Equity tail risk; Derivatives; Securitization; Risk disclosure (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G32 M40 G01 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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