Credit derivatives with multiple debt issues

P. François, G.M.B.J. Hübner*

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We evaluate the most actively traded types of credit derivatives within a unified pricing framework that allows for multiple debt issues. Since firms default on all of their obligations, total debt is instrumental in the likelihood of default and therefore in credit derivatives valuation. We use a single factor interest rate model where the exponential default frontier is based on total debt and is made coherent with observed bond prices. Analytical formulae are derived for credit default swaps, total return swaps (both fixed-for-fixed and fixed-for-floating), and credit risk options (cros). Price behaviors and hedging properties of all these credit derivatives are investigated. Simulations document that credit derivatives prices may be significantly affected by terms of debt other than those of the reference obligation. The analysis of cros indicates their superior ability to fine-tune the hedging of magnitude and arrival risks of default.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)997-1021
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Banking & Finance
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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