Division Of Labor In Banking: An Analysis Of Credit Derivative Usage By Commercial Banks

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Carolin Schellhorn
Ahmet Tezel
Ginette McManus


Credit derivatives, Commercial banks, Loan sales


For the period 2002-2005, we examine a sample of 131 end-of-year observations for 57 banks that participate in the credit derivatives market.  We find that buyers of credit protection tend to be loan sellers and may have a comparative advantage in loan origination, while credit protection sellers tend to be loan buyers and may have a comparative advantage in funding loans.  Furthermore, some net credit protection buyers may derive an advantage as loan originators from a high-quality reputation, while others seem to be better able to break down informational barriers due to their position as market makers in credit derivatives.


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