Category: Finance Seminar
When: 17 December 2019
, 12:00
 - 13:15
Where: House of Finance, room Deutsche Bank (E.01)


We present a model to explain why banks maintain off-setting long-term debts without netting them out. We show that these non-contingent debts implement contingent transfers, since they embed the option to dilute with new debt to a third party. Even though a diluted bank is worse off ex post, a network of gross debts is stable ex ante, since each bank exercises its option to dilute when it is most valuable. However, the network harbors systemic risk: since one bank’s liabilities are other banks’ assets, a liquidity shock can transmit through the network in a default cascade.