Leveraged investments have become a fundamental feature of modern economies. The new financial products allow people to take greater-than-usual exposures to risk factors. This thesis analyzes several different aspects of the risks involved by some frequently used leveraged products: CDOs, CDSs, and hedge funds. It is shown that these risks have indeed several facets and that misjudging them can have severe effects for both individual investors and the global financial stability. However, although leveraged products can be more complex than other financial instruments, their characteristics in terms of risks and returns can usually be understood rather well by careful scholars. The aim of this thesis is to contribute to a better understanding of some of the features of leveraged products and provide useful insights on how to best use these new instruments.

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Keywords Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs), Credit Default Swaps (CDSs), Mertonm M, Monte Carlo Simulations, Pareto Distribution, bank stability, hedge funds, leverage, macroeconomic shocks, serial correlation, value-at-risk
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam
ISBN 978-94-6169-328-0
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/38165
Di Cesare, A. (2012, December 20). Risks of Leveraged Products. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/38165