Journal of Credit Risk

Risk.net

On pricing risky loans and collateralized fund obligations

Ernst Eberlein, Helyette Geman, Dilip B. Madan

ABSTRACT

Loan spreads are analyzed for two types of loans. The first type takes losses at maturity only; the second follows the formulation of collateralized fund obligations, with losses registered over the lifetime of the contract. In both cases, the implementation requires the choice of a process for the underlying asset value and the identification of the parameters. The parameters of the process are inferred from the option volatility surface by treating equity options as compound options with equity itself being viewed as an option on the asset value with a strike set at the debt level following Merton. Using data on the stock of General Motors during 2002-3, we show that the use of spectrally negative Lévy processes is capable of delivering realistic spreads without inflating debt levels, deflating debt maturities or deviating from the estimated probability laws.

To continue reading...

You need to sign in to use this feature. If you don’t have a Risk.net account, please register for a trial.

Sign in
You are currently on corporate access.

To use this feature you will need an individual account. If you have one already please sign in.

Sign in.

Alternatively you can request an indvidual account here: