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Capital Market-Oriented Financing Prospects for Austrian SMEs


  • Michael Halling

    (University of Vienna)

  • Josef Zechner

    (University of Vienna)


The performance and growth of the Austrian economy largely depend on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Despite their diminutive size, SMEs offer attractive investment opportunities that are, however, financed primarily by debt for a variety of reasons. The financing concept presented in this study adopts an innovative approach to provide access to quasi-equity forms of financing to Austrian SMEs, which have successfully and responsibly generated business in recent years and which currently enjoy attractive growth potential. At the same time, it aims to strengthen the Austrian capital market by increasing the investment opportunities of the broad mass of both private and institutional investors.

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  • Michael Halling & Josef Zechner, 2005. "Capital Market-Oriented Financing Prospects for Austrian SMEs," Financial Stability Report, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 10, pages 83-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:onb:oenbfs:y:2005:i:10:b:3

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    1. Bech, Morten L. & Garratt, Rod, 2003. "The intraday liquidity management game," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 109(2), pages 198-219, April.
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    1. de la Torre, Augusto & Martínez Pería, María Soledad & Schmukler, Sergio L., 2010. "Bank involvement with SMEs: Beyond relationship lending," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 34(9), pages 2280-2293, September.

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    Financing Policy;

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    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill


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