Gains from structured product markets: The case of reverse-exchangeable securities (RES) Article

Benet, BA, Giannetti, A, Pissaris, S. (2006). Gains from structured product markets: The case of reverse-exchangeable securities (RES) . 30(1), 111-132. 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2005.01.008



cited authors

  • Benet, BA; Giannetti, A; Pissaris, S

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abstract

  • "Structured products" (SP) have recently been introduced onto organized markets in the United States. Payoffs for such financially-engineered securities typically combine stock, bond and contingent claims features. In this paper attention is focused upon reverse-exchangeable securities (RES), an important and rapidly growing segment of the American SP market. First we undertake a replication of RES payout with a linear portfolio of publicly traded securities in a simple no-arbitrage framework. It is thereby possible to estimate theoretically "fair" terms of issuance, and contrast these with actual terms. We conclude that there is a significant pricing bias in favor of the issuing financial institution. Credit enhancement resulting from observed positive correlation between the RES terminal payoff and issuer financial performance is proposed as explanation for the apparent pricing discrepancy. Market completeness and possible tax advantages may also play a role in SP demand and the rapid expansion of this new derivatives market. © 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • January 1, 2006

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start page

  • 111

end page

  • 132

volume

  • 30

issue

  • 1