Callable Bond Revisited

Financial Management, Forthcoming

55 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2009

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John Banko

University of Florida

Lei Zhou

Northern Illinois University - Department of Finance

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

Suggested Citation

Banko, John and Zhou, Lei, Callable Bond Revisited (August 28, 2009). Financial Management, Forthcoming , Available at SSRN:

John Banko

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Lei Zhou (Contact Author)

Northern Illinois University - Department of Finance ( email )

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