Valuation of Callable/Putable Corporate Bonds in a One-Factor LogNormal Interest-Rate Model
Posted: 6 Aug 2020 Last revised: 11 Jan 2021
Date Written: June 25, 2020
Whereas the callable-bond market used to emphasize primarily public debt - Government Agencies, and both investment grade and non-investment corporate debt - that has changed dramatically over the past twenty years, in part due to the low prevailing rates of interest as well as some systematic changes in the Agency sector. While some Agency and investment grade corporate bonds are still extant, there are more numerous callable bonds of lower ratings categories. In delivering a theoretically-sound practical model, one that does not call for computation or use of an "option-adjusted spread" (OAS), this paper seeks to use a one-factor LogNormal interest-rate model to calibrate the implied-vols of callable and putable bonds in the U. S. bond market, and to relate those implied volatilities to measures of time to call, time from call to maturity, moneyness and the credit-yield spread.
Keywords: Valuation of Callable and Putable Bonds; Implied Yield Volatilities
JEL Classification: G12, G13
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