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Swap Rates and Credit Quality

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  • Duffie, Darrell
  • Huang, Ming

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This article presents a model for valuing claims subject to default by both contracting parties, such as swaps and forwards. With counterparties of different default risk, the promised cash flows of a swap are discounted by a switching discount rate that, at any given state and time, is equal to the discount rate of the counterparty for whom the swap is currently out of the money (that is, a liability). The impact of credit-risk asymmetry and of netting is presented through both theory and numerical examples, which include interest rate and currency swaps. Copyright 1996 by American Finance Association.

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  • Duffie, Darrell & Huang, Ming, 1996. "Swap Rates and Credit Quality," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 51(3), pages 921-949, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:51:y:1996:i:3:p:921-49
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