ACPR research seminars

The ACPR Studies Department organizes a series of academic seminars where invited or ACPR-affiliated researchers present their work on regulatory or financial risk issues. The seminars are open to everyone.

The seminar takes place in the premises of the ACPR, 4, place de Budapest, Salle Liège (rez-de-jardin) (see access plan)

Registration by email at is free but compulsory in order to attend. If you wish to be informed of upcoming events, please send an email to the same address.

The ACPR also hosts the monthly seminars of the ACPR research Initiative: the page dedicated to the ACPR seminars is available here.



Wednesday 15 January 2020 at 10.30am : Agostino Capponi, Paul Glasserman, and Marko Weber (Columbia University)

"Swing Pricing for Mutual Funds: Breaking the Feedback Loop Between Fire Sales and Fund Redemptions"   


Venue: ACPR – Auditorium – 4 place de Budapest 75009 Paris

Abstract :

We develop a model of the feedback between mutual fund outflows and asset illiquidity. Following a market shock, alert investors anticipate the impact on a fund's net asset value (NAV) of other investors' redemptions and exit first at favorable prices. This first-mover advantage may lead to fund failure through a cycle of falling prices and increasing redemptions. Our analysis shows that (i) the first-mover advantage introduces a nonlinear dependence between a market shock and the aggregate impact of redemptions on the fund's NAV; (ii) as a consequence, there is a critical magnitude of the shock beyond which redemptions brings down the fund; (iii) properly designed swing pricing transfers liquidation costs from the fund to redeeming investors and, by removing the nonlinearity stemming from the first-mover advantage, it reduces these costs and prevents fund failure. Achieving these objectives requires a larger swing factor at larger levels of outflows. The swing factor for one fund may also depend on policies followed by other funds.



Monday 9 December 2019 –  3.00 pm: Olivier de Bandt (BDF) and George Overton (ACPR)

"Why do insurers fail? A comparison of life and non-life insolvencies using a new international database"  

Discussant: Catherine Bruneau (Université Paris 1)

Venue: ACPR – Auditorium – 4 place de Budapest 75009 Paris

Abstract :

Plantin and Rochet (2007) document how insurers often engage in risk-shifting years before the materialization of a failure. This paper empirically examines this claim by testing the mechanisms of insurance insolvency, using a first-of-its-kind international database assembled by the authors which merges data on balance sheet and income statements together with information on impairments over the last 30 years. Employing different fixed effects logistic specifications and parametric survival models, the paper presents evidence, on top of the role of profitability as a leading indicator of failures, of the intrinsic asymmetries between the life and non-life insurance sectors. In the life sector, asset mix is highly significant in predicting an impairment, while operating efficiency plays no role. In the non-life sector, the opposite proves true.

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