Collateralized Debt Obligations

First Loss Piece Retention, Combination Notes, and Tranching

by Albert Schaber (Author)
Thesis 180 Pages


This book offers insights into three different aspects of Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs). The first section covers a mechanism that explains the sale of first loss positions to investors. The theoretical model is based on a repeated game and focuses on the role of issuer reputation. The second section empirically analyzes combination notes. These are a particular type of security issued in CDOs, consisting of parts of different tranches of one CDO transaction. The findings show that combination notes are used as an equity transfer vehicle and that their tranching caters to segmented demand. The third section finally analyzes the tranching of CDOs. A transaction cost-based hypothesis of tranching is proposed and verified empirically.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2009. 179 pp., 5 fig., 23 tables

Biographical notes

Albert Schaber (Author)

The Author: Albert Schaber studied business administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) with stays abroad at the EMLYON Business School and the University of California at Berkeley. Having completed his studies he joined the Institute of Capital Market Research and Finance at LMU Munich as a research assistant. He currently works as a consultant in the financial services industry.


Title: Collateralized Debt Obligations