Callable Bond Revisited
Financial Management, Forthcoming
55 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2009
Date Written: August 28, 2009
In light of the dramatic changes in the callable bond market, we re-examine the determinants of callable bonds. Using data from 1980-2003, we find that callable bonds are often issued by firms with both information asymmetry and underinvestment problems. However, risk-shifting does appear to be a major factor. Furthermore, we find that interest rate hedging is an important factor for investment grade bonds and when interest rates are high, but not so for below-investment grade bonds or when rates are low.
Keywords: Callable Bond, Agency Conflicts
JEL Classification: D82, G14
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