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Mortgage Choice - The Danish Case




In this paper we analyze the mortgage choice faced by Danish borrowers. Based on an analysis of the most popular Danish mortgage products, we argue that Adjustable-Rate Mortgages (ARM) with life time caps will combine the most attractive features from straight ARMs and callable Fixed-Rate Mortgages (FRM). Furthermore, we find the delivery option embedded in Danish mortgages to be an important feature, which protects households from the risk of insolvency by facilitating a closer match between assets and liabilities in the household portfolio.

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  • Svenstrup, Mikkel, 2002. "Mortgage Choice - The Danish Case," Finance Working Papers 02-22, University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Business Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhb:aarfin:2002_022

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    Mortgage; Choice; Valuation; Delivery Option; Prepayment;

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