Securitization as a response to monetary policy

Jiarui Zhang, Xiaonian Xu

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This paper studies how monetary easing provides incentives for banks to take risk and issue mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and, because MBS have the “lemon” property, why MBS buyers are willing to purchase high-risk securities at high prices. Banks need equity to attract deposits. Monetary easing reduces this need, and banks leverage up and reduce their monitoring efforts. The internal need for liquidity and risk sharing motivates banks to issue MBS. Security buyers understand the moral hazard problem that banks face but are willing to purchase bank securities at high prices because monetary easing would also reduce their cost of funds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1333-1344
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Finance and Economics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • monetary policy
  • mortgage-backed securities
  • risk taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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