Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Binomial Model of Geithner’s Toxic Asset Plan (Linus Wilson)

This paper formally models the Public Private Investment Partnership (PPIP), a plan for U.S. government sponsored purchases of distressed assets. This paper solves both the problem of the asset manager buying toxic assets and the banks selling toxic assets. It solves for the fair market value of toxic assets implied by subsidized toxic asset auctions, and it estimates the size of the government’s subsidy. Moreover, this paper finds under what circumstances banks and asset managers will meet at a mutually acceptable prices. In general, healthier banks will be more willing sellers of toxic assets than zombies.

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