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Interest rate swaps and corporate default

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  • Jermann, Urban J.
  • Yue, Vivian Z.
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    This paper studies firms’ usage of interest rate swaps to manage risk in a model economy driven by aggregate productivity shocks, inflation shocks, and counter-cyclical idiosyncratic productivity risk. Consistent with empirical evidence, firms in the model are fixed-rate payers, and swap positions are negatively correlated with the term spread. In the model, swaps affect firms’ investment decisions and debt pricing only very moderately, and the availability of swaps generates only small economic gains for the typical firm. JEL Classification: E44, G12

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    Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Working Paper Series with number 1590.

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    Date of creation: Sep 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20131590

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    Keywords: corporate default; debt pricing; Interest rate swaps; risk management; swap position;

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