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Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF)


Pedro Saffi

Title of research: Deleveraging Risk

The project can be of value to practitioners for better understanding the risks associated with short-selling and the impact of the usage of leverage around times of funding illiquidity. In particular, when funding liquidity evaporates we find that securities with a greater presence of levered investors experience extreme return realizations as investors unwind their positions. Using unique data from equity lending markets as a proxy for the degree of leverage in a stock, we find large positive returns and reductions in short selling quantities following periods of funding illiquidity.

Research Update - March 2016

Research Update - September 2015

Research Update - April 2015

Research Update - Report 2014

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PhD advisor and co-author of CERF post-doc Xinyu Hou wins Nobel Prize in Economics

11 October 2022

Philip H Dybvig from Washington University is (joint with Bernanke and Diamond) a recipient of this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on banks and financial crises. Prof. Dybvig is the former PhD advisor of Dr Xinyu Hou who is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Cambridge Endowment...