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Investing against the wind: contagion during the recent financial crisis

by Chunyang Wang, Liping Lu

ARTICLE | Applied Economics | Vol. 48, Dec. 2016


This article examines the effect of Warren Buffett's investment in Goldman Sachs on 24 September 2008, during the subprime mortgage crisis. Although this event is arguably perceived to be the biggest expression of confidence in the financial market during the crisis, by conducting event studies, we do not find the major counterparties of Goldman Sachs displayed positive abnormal returns. Moreover, the abnormal return is not significantly related to the counterparty connection. We have similar findings on these financial institutions’ default probabilities using credit default swap.
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