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Security Design with Investor Private Information

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  • ULF AXELSON

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I study the security design problem of a firm when "investors" rather than managers have private information about the firm. I find that it is often optimal to issue information-sensitive securities such as equity. The "folklore proposition of debt" from traditional signaling models only goes through if the firm can vary the face value of debt with investor demand. When the firm has several assets, debt backed by a pool of assets is optimal when the degree of competition among investors is low, while equity backed by individual assets is optimal when competition is high. Copyright 2007 by The American Finance Association.

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  • Ulf Axelson, 2007. "Security Design with Investor Private Information," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 62(6), pages 2587-2632, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:62:y:2007:i:6:p:2587-2632
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