Credit Risk Spreads in Local and Foreign Currencies

Author/Editor:

Zvi Wiener ; Dan Galai

Publication Date:

May 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper shows how-in a Merton-type model with bankruptcy-the currency composition of debt changes the risk profile of a company raising a given amount of financing, and thus affects the cost of debt. Foreign currency borrowing is cheaper when the exchange rate is positively correlated with the return on the company's assets, even if the company is not an exporter. Prudential regulations should therefore differentiate among loans depending on the extent to which borrowers have "natural hedges" of their foreign currency exposures.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/110

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872576/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009110

Format:

Paper

Pages:

20

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