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Volume 31 - Numéro 2

December 2010

Money and Asset Prices in a Production Economy - 15 December 2010

LIOUI, Abraham ; PONCET, Patrice

We generalize the monetary economy with cash and credit goods pioneered by Lucas and Stokey (1983, 1987) to the case of a neoclassical production economy. Assuming a fairly general continuous time stochastic process for real capital returns, we show that money non-neutrality is generic, even though the money growth rate is i.i.d. and the representative agent’s utility is log separable. We also show that the capital to wealth ratio plays a key role in the transmission mechanism by which monetary policy affects the dynamics of all real variables, in particular those of the pricing kernel and of asset excess returns. We finally provide some empirical evidence that supports the hypothesized influence of the capital to wealth ratio on the US equity market premium.

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How to get a syndicated loan fast ? The role of syndicate composition and organization - 15 December 2010

GODLEWSKI, Christophe J.

We empirically investigate the organizational determinants of the speed of a loan syndication process, with a particular focus on the influence of syndicate composition and organization. Indeed, the major advantage of syndicated lending is the speed with which the required funding can be obtained, while syndication composition and organization are considered as crucial for successful syndication. In a cross-country framework, we show that syndicate composition and organization characteristics clearly matter for the duration of the syndication process and therefore for borrower satisfaction in terms of the speed of obtaining the necessary funding. In particular, a syndicate composition and organization adapted to the specific agency problems of syndication, with numerous, reputable and experienced arrangers holding a larger portion of the loan and with more lenders from the same country as the borrower reduces the duration. Furthermore, past relationships between lenders or arrangers and borrowers allow for a faster syndication process as well.

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Dynamic strategies when consumption and wealth risk aversions differ - 15 December 2010

SIX, Pierre

This paper focuses on the consequences on asset allocation of an empirical fact outlined in a recent survey of the literature about risk aversion (Meyer and Meyer, 2005): Investors are more risk averse toward consumption than they are toward wealth. We demonstrate that this empirical fact can be assessed with the study of a single financial variable. This variable measures the share of wealth that investors set aside to satisfy their future consumption. We show that this variable depends on wealth only when the empirical case is considered. Our findings build on some methodological results developed by Karatzas et al. (1987) as well as insights provided by Wachter (2002) and Munk and Sørensen (2007) for the restricted setting in which risk aversions are equal.

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