The recent financial crisis has revived interest in the question of what triggers crashes and meltdowns in financial markets. An important reason for abrupt and large price dislocations is the lack or ‘slow motion’ of arbitrage capital (Duffie 2010) that weakens the risk-bearing capacity of liquidity providers.
Persistent noise, investors’ expectations, and market meltdowns
Giovanni Cespa, Xavier Vives, 22 April 2014
The transmission of Federal Reserve tapering news to emerging financial markets
Joshua Aizenman, Mahir Binici, Michael M Hutchison, 4 April 2014
The quantitative easing (QE) policies of the US Federal Reserve in the years following the crisis of 2008–2009 included monthly securities purchases of long-term Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities totalling $85 billion in 2013. The cumulative outcome of these policies has been an unprecedented increase of the monetary base, mitigating the deflationary pressure of the crisis.
Capital inflows and booms in asset prices: Going beyond the current account
Eduardo Olaberría, 7 December 2013
For decades, policymakers’ perception has been that large capital inflows can fuel booms in asset prices. If this were true, bonanzas in capital inflows would imply an important risk to financial stability, since booms in asset prices are leading indicators of financial crises.
Dark side of housing-price appreciation
Indraneel Chakraborty, Itay Goldstein, Andrew MacKinlay, 25 November 2013
Policymakers around the world often worry about decreases in real-estate prices and other asset prices, and take measures to prevent them. For example, in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has engaged in large-scale asset purchases – especially of mortgage-backed assets – to support the housing market and, in turn, the overall economy.
Speculative investors and transaction tax in the housing market
Yuming Fu, Wenlan Qian, Bernard Yeung, 7 November 2013
The Global Financial Crisis revived the idea of using transaction taxes to discourage short-term speculative trades. Such trading is often blamed for causing excess volatility in financial markets. Tobin (1978) proposed the tax more than 40 years ago, to “throw some sand in the wheels of speculation”, specifically for currency trading.
Fama, Hansen, and Shiller: An excellent choice of Nobel laureates
Tarun Ramadorai, 24 October 2013
The recent announcement of the 2013 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel has delighted researchers working in empirical asset pricing.
The Inefficient Markets Hypothesis: Why Financial Markets Do Not Work Well in the Real World
Roger E. A. Farmer , Carine Nourry, Alain Venditti, 13 January 2013
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Origins and macroeconomic implications of asset bubbles
Alberto Martin, Jaume Ventura, 16 February 2011
What is a bubble? Today’s economies often experience large movements in asset prices that have significant macroeconomic effects. Given that many of these movements in asset prices seem unrelated to economic conditions or fundamentals, they have come to be called bubbles, whether swelling or bursting.
Disasters, recoveries, and the equity premium
Robert Barro, Emi Nakamura, Jón Steinsson, Jose F. Ursua, 8 July 2010
Previous research, including Rietz (1988) and Gabaix (2009), suggests that the potential for rare, but large, economic disasters helps to explain the equity-premium and related asset-pricing puzzles. Motivated by these findings, our research described in Barro et al.
Keynes and the Crisis
Axel Leijonhufvud, 13 May 2008
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- What’s wrong with Europe?Baldini, Manasse
- Corporate Finance Theory Symposium19 - 20 September 2014 / Cambridge / Judge Business School, Cambridge University