ADB Distinguished Speakers Program: Robert Merton

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ADB Distinguished Speakers Program: Robert Merton

22 October 2013
Manila
Philippines

Macro financial risk propagation and its implications on financial stability have emerged as major concerns of governments and financial institutions, particularly those with large financial asset pools. The global financial crisis in 2008–2009 was essentially centered on credit risk involving money markets, and the propagation of such risk across and among financial institutions and sovereigns is related to how connected they are.

In this presentation, "Measuring The Connectedness of the Financial System: Implications for Risk Management", Robert Merton provided a brief review of the concepts of credit, credit risk, and guarantees to understand the concept of connectedness. He asserted that risk- free credit is essentially risky credit coupled with a guarantee of payment in the event of a default. That is, risky debt is nothing but risk-free debt less a guarantee of repayment. Merton further stressed that the guarantees attached to risky debt are in fact insurance on the risk of default, and are akin to put options on assets of borrowers, with maturities similar to those of the debt instrument being guaranteed and a strike price equivalent to the promised payment of debt.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
22 Oct 2013 Presentation Measuring The Connectedness of the Financial System: Implications for Risk Management
In this presentation, Robert Merton provided a brief review of the concepts of credit, credit risk, and guarantees to understand the concept...
Robert Merton

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