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Interest rate swaps and corporate default


  • Urban J. Jermann
  • Vivian Z. Yue


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 very moderately, and the availability of swaps generates only small economic gains for the typical firm.

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  • Urban J. Jermann & Vivian Z. Yue, 2013. "Interest rate swaps and corporate default," International Finance Discussion Papers 1090, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgif:1090

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