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Optimal Capital Structure and the Term Structure of Interest Rates

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  • Xin Wang
  • Chris Downing

    () (Economics Rice University)

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In this paper we study corporate debt values, capital structure, and the term structure of interest rates in a unified framework. We employ numerical techniques to compute the firm's optimal capital structure and the value of its long-term risky debt and yield spreads when the value of the firm's unleveraged assets and the instantaneous default-free interest rate are risk factors. Debt and leveraged firm value are thus explicitly linked to properties of the firm's unleveraged assets, the term structure of default-free interest rates, taxes, bankruptcy costs, payout rates, and bond covenants. The results clarify the relationship between a firm's capital structure and movements in the term structure and other important aspects of the capital structure decision

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  • Xin Wang & Chris Downing, 2005. "Optimal Capital Structure and the Term Structure of Interest Rates," Computing in Economics and Finance 2005 38, Society for Computational Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:sce:scecf5:38
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    Keywords

    Capital Structure; Term Structure; Parallel Processing;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • 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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