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The Influence Of Firm- And Ceo-Specific Characteristics On The Use Of Nonlinear Derivative Instruments

  • Pinghsun Huang
  • Harley E. Ryan
  • Roy A. Wiggins
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    We examine why firms use nonlinear derivatives (e.g., options). Our results suggest that option characteristics in investment opportunities and debt, the payoff structure of incentive compensation, and free cash-flow agency problems influence the firm's choice. Investment opportunities, internally generated cash flow, business risk, and option compensation positively influence the use of nonlinear currency derivatives. Option feature in bonds positively influence the use of nonlinear interest rate derivatives, whereas bonus and stock compensation, and CEO tenure have a negative influence. In sum, nonlinear cash flow characteristics in investment opportunity, debt, and executive compensation all relate positively to nonlinear derivative usage. 2007 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.

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    Volume (Year): 30 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 415-436

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