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Title: Value without valuation? An example of the cocos market
Authors: Svetlova, Ekaterina
First Published: 18-Jul-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Critical Perspectives On Accounting, 2018, 52, pp. 69-78
Abstract: In this paper, I suggest that financial products simultaneously inhabit two regimes of valuation: calculative and consumptive. There are constant endeavors in the market to develop formal mathematical methods of valuation and to use them as a base for investment decisions. Using the example of contingent convertible bonds (“cocos”), I argue that our understanding of how financial markets function would remain limited if we were to focus only on those formal endeavors. In the case of cocos, stringent mathematical valuation is impossible due to the contingent nature of this product and many future uncertainties. Based on various empirical materials, I demonstrate that the lack of established valuation tools is complemented and compensated by the purposeful efforts to sell this product. Cocos are categorized as simple bonds in order to be sold; they are associated with brands; their risks are marketed in a particular way. This consumptive regime of valuation allows for determining value and investing where formal mathematical valuation is deferred. Thus, incorporating the insight that marketing constitutes markets, the paper sheds light on how financial markets function, and amends the purely calculative perspective of mainstream finance. Furthermore, the paper relates consumptive finance to major issues in critical finance, such as power and governance, risk ignorance and financial illiteracy. More generally, it argues that active selling efforts represent a severe research gap in critical and social studies of finance and should be more clearly outlined and developed.
DOI Link: 10.1016/
ISSN: 1045-2354
Embargo on file until: 18-Jul-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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