Asset securitization, securitization recourse, and information uncertainty

Mei Cheng, Dan S. Dhaliwal, Monica Neamtiu

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In this study, we examine some of the consequences of asset securitization. Specifically, using a sample of bank holding companies, we investigate whether the difficulty in assessing the true extent of risk transfer, between securitizing banks and investors in asset-backed securities, affects bank information uncertainty. We find that when market participants have a greater difficulty in estimating risk transfer, banks face greater information uncertainty (i.e., larger bid-ask spreads and analyst forecast dispersion). In addition, we find that this effect is mitigated for banks that operate in a higher quality information environment. We also find that banks that securitize financial assets have higher spreads and analyst forecast dispersion as compared to non-securitizing banks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-568
Number of pages28
JournalAccounting Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • Banks
  • Information uncertainty
  • Recourse
  • Securitization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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