The Direct Relevance of Accounting Information for Credit Default Swap Pricing

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Vol. 38, Nos. 9-10, 2011

Posted: 24 Sep 2011

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George E. Batta

Claremont McKenna College - Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

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Date Written: September 23, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the direct relevance of accounting information for credit default swap (CDS) pricing. Prior research on the impact of accounting information for CDS pricing has neglected to include either the output of theoretical CDS pricing models or credit ratings, both of which should impound credit relevant accounting information. Both in- and out-of-sample testing results suggest that accounting information’s explanatory power for CDS prices is significantly diminished when this additional information is included in regression models. Empirical findings suggest a larger indirect role for accounting information in pricing CDS’, which play an important role in credit risk price discovery.

Keywords: credit default swaps, credit risk, capital markets, value relevance

JEL Classification: M40, G12

Suggested Citation

Batta, George E., The Direct Relevance of Accounting Information for Credit Default Swap Pricing (September 23, 2011). Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Vol. 38, Nos. 9-10, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932924

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