Securitization and Credit Quality

David Marques-Ibanez, Alper Kara, Steven Ongena

Research output: Working paper


Banks are usually better informed on the loans they originate than other financial intermediaries.As a result, securitized loans might be of lower credit quality than otherwise similar nonsecuritized loans. We assess the effect of securitization activity on loans’ relative credit quality employing a uniquely detailed data set from the euro-denominated syndicated loan market. Wefind that, at issuance, banks do not seem to select and securitize loans of lower credit quality. Following securitization, however, the credit quality of borrowers whose loans are securitized deteriorates by more than those in the control group. We find tentative evidence suggesting that poorer performance by securitized loans might be linked to banks’ reduced monitoring incentives.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherInternational Monetary Fund
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


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