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Credit Spreads and Incomplete Information

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  • Lindset, Snorre

    () (Trondheim Business School)

  • Lund, Arne-Christian

    () (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

  • Persson, Svein-Arne

    () (Dept. of Finance and Management Science, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

Abstract

A new model is presented which produces credit spreads that do not converge to zero for short maturities. Our set-up includes incomplete, i.e., delayed and asymmetric information. When the financial market observes the company's earnings with a delay, the effect on both default policy and credit spreads is negligible, compared to the Leland (1994) model. When information is asymmetrically distributed between the management of the company and the financial market, short credit spreads do not converge to zero. This is result is similar to the Duffie and Lando (2001) model, although our simpler model improves some limitations in their set-up. Short interest rates from our model are used to illustrate effects similar to the dry-up in the interbank market experienced after the summer of 2007.

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  • Lindset, Snorre & Lund, Arne-Christian & Persson, Svein-Arne, 2008. "Credit Spreads and Incomplete Information," Discussion Papers 2008/9, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhhfms:2008_009
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    1. Guo, Liang, 2013. "Determinants of credit spreads: The role of ambiguity and information uncertainty," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 24(C), pages 279-297.

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    Keywords

    Credit risk; credit spreads; delayed information; asymmetric information;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation

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