RESEARCH

Structured products: risk sharing or risk shifting?

In a research paper entitled "Tumbling Tower of Babel: Subprime Securitization and the Credit Crisis" in the latest Financial Analysts Journal, Bruce Jacobs argues that highly complex financial instruments, were devised to shift risk from one part of the financial system to another, but the underlying systematic risk remained. And when magnified by huge amounts of leverage, blew up the foundations of the financial system and the economy.