Online Appendix to 'Linking Policy to Outcomes: A Simple Framework for Debt Maturity Management'
15 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2020
Date Written: February 29, 2020
We characterize the long-run stable maturity distribution induced by a fixed issuance policy, defined as the maturity mix of new issues, thereby providing a method to link issuance policies with their long-run consequences. We derive closed-form expressions for a new class of forward-looking stable metrics, including per-period refinancing need, debt service cost, and average maturity — an indicator of the supply of long-term bonds. We use these metrics to provide a normative analysis of the classical debt-management trade-off between refinancing risk and debt service cost. Our results indicate that the US Treasury could move closer to the “efficient frontier” by tilting its issuance towards notes.
Keywords: Debt Management, Debt Maturity, Refinancing Risk, Government Debt
JEL Classification: E62, G32, H63
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