Securitisation: Pricing and Hedging Aspects

Host: World Business Strategies, London
Instructor: Prof. Ian Giddy New York University

Asset Securitisation

Asset-backed securities constitute a growing segment of the European and global capital markets. The asset securitisation technique, while complex, has won a secure place in corporate financing and investment portfolios because it can, paradoxically, offer originators a cheaper source of funding and investors a superior return. Not only does securitisation transform illiquid assets into tradable securities, but it also manages to transform risk by means of the separation of good financial assets from a company or financial institution with little loss of revenue. The assets, once separated from the originator, are employed as backing for high-quality securities designed to appeal to investors.

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Ian Giddy has taught finance at NYU, Columbia, Wharton, Chicago and in 30+ countries abroad for the past two decades. He was Director of International Fixed Income Research at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1986 to 1989. The author of more than fifty articles on international finance, he has served at the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury and has been a consultant with numerous corporations and financial institutions in the U.S. and abroad. He is the author or co-author of The International Money Market, The Handbook of International Finance, Cases in International Finance , Global Financial Markets, Asset Securitization in Asia and The Hudson River Watertrail Guide.

Prof Ian Giddy
Stern School of Business
New York University
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    Securitisation: Pricing and Hedging Aspects

The European asset-backed securities market has provided fertile ground for financial hybridization. Originating in a number of countries and legal frameworks, ABS deals -- securities backed by assets that have been separated from their originator and placed in a special-purpose company -- often demand specialized pricing, risk analysis and hedging. This workshop will explore some of these variants, and explore their components from the standpoint of quantitative analysis. Participants will get involved in the details of a number of deals and have the opportunity to work in groups on hands-on applicaitons.

Outline of Workshop


  • Cash Flow vs Market Value CDOs
  • Synthetic CDOs
  • Unfunded Synthetics CDOs
  • Structure of Credit Derivatives
  • Case Study

Risk Management of CDOs

  • Subordination and Collateral Determination
  • Pool Analysis
  • Diversity Scoring
  • Legal and Counterparty Problems of Credit Default Swaps
  • Case Study

When the Rating Agencies get it Wrong

  • Use of Models
  • Weakness of Legal Claims and Transferability in Synthetics
  • Credit Protection Seller Exposures
  • Sponsor and Servicer Exposures
  • Pitfalls of WBS
  • Waterfall Structures: Downgrades and Upgrades
  • Credit downgrades, defaults and disasters
  • Case Study


Pricing and Quality of CDOs

  • Quality and Return on Asset Pool
  • Pricing off ABS and Bond Market Curve
  • Issuer/Manager Economics
  • Cost of Capital Relief and Basle II
  • Link Between CDO Pricing and Credit Derivatives Pricing
  • Hands-On Application

Price Behaviour and Hedging

  • Performance and Volatility of ABS Spreads
  • Managing the Interest Rate Componnent
  • Managing the Credit Spread Component
  • Managing the Waterfall/Ratings Drift Component
  • Hands-on Application

Wrap-up and Roadmap

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