H. Peyton Young (LSE and University of Oxford)


January 15th 2018

Time: 1.00 - 2.00pm Venue: Room 3.21, Old Building, LSE (map)
Speaker: H. Peyton Young (LSE and University of Oxford)
Seminar Title: Modelling Contagion in Financial Networks: The Credit Default Swaps Market

A major credit shock can induce large intra-day variation margin payments between counterparties in derivatives markets, which may force some participants to default on their payments. These payment shortfalls become amplified as they cascade through the network of exposures. Using detailed DTCC data we model the full network of exposures, the shock-induced payments, the initial margin collected, and liquidity buffers for about 900 firms operating in the U.S. credit default swaps market. We estimate the total amount of contagion, the marginal contribution of each firm to contagion, and the number of defaulting firms for credit shocks of different magnitudes.