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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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  • Jermann, Urban J. & Yue, Vivian Z., 2013. "Interest rate swaps and corporate default," Working Paper Series 1590, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:20131590
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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