The impact of basis risk on the hedging of mortgage-backed securities with US treasury futures
Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) are similar to traditional fixed-income securities in that they are exposed to interest rate risk. Interest rate risk involves potential losses in value stemming from unfavorable movements of interest rates. There are standard practices that allow investors to measure interest rate exposure and manage this risk by hedging, or reducing the risk, with positions in financial derivative securities. Interest rate hedges do not always work perfectly because of basis risk. Basis risk arises because the movement in an asset's price (MBS) is not perfectly correlated with the movement of the price of the derivatives (Treasury futures) used to hedge interest rate risk. The paper hypothesizes that despite the presence of basis risk, a dynamic hedging strategy using US Treasury futures makes a good hedge for MBS price fluctuations caused by interest rates. Empirical tests reject this hypothesis.
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Gilkeson, James H.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Business Administration
Business Administration -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Business Administration;Interest rates -- Management
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Lavelle, Andrew L., "The impact of basis risk on the hedging of mortgage-backed securities with US treasury futures" (1999). HIM 1990-2015. 165.