A Law and Finance Approach
Chapter 3: Other funding models
This chapter examines the funding of three non-bank intermediaries active in the credit market: dealer banks, insurers and passive investment vehicles. Each of these regulatory silos has a distinctive funding model. Dealer banks active in securities markets as brokers and dealers acquire a large inventory of assets, typically used as collateral for short-term loans that are rolled-over at maturity. This form of funding inventory also creates a financial mismatch in term, although dealer banks tend to otherwise maintain a rough match between their assets and liabilities. The funding practices of insurers and pensions leave them with a converse mismatch: current inflows of premiums and contributions create liquid assets, while the entity’s promises to provide benefits create long-term liabilities. Passive vehicles like asset managers and special-purpose entities pool funds for investment while shifting liquidity risk to their investors or to contractual counterparties.
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