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Interest rate changes and the timing of debt issues

Christopher B. Barry, Steven Mann (), Vassil Mihov () and Mauricio Rodriguez ()

Journal of Banking & Finance, 2009, vol. 33, issue 4, 600-608

Abstract: There is much recent interest in the role of market timing in firm financial decisions. Using a large detailed sample of corporate public debt issues, private placements, Rule 144A issues and bank loans over the period 1970-2006, we investigate the relationship between interest rate changes and issues of floating and fixed-rate debt. Our results indicate that both past and future rates are associated with issuance decisions. We examine whether firms are able to lower their cost of capital by anticipating future rate changes, controlling for firm characteristics and market conditions. Our findings suggest that evidence of timing success is dependent on the time interval and type of debt examined. Over the longest time intervals available in our data, we do not find evidence of timing ability for fixed-rate or floating-rate debt issues.

Keywords: Financial; policy; Public; debt; Market; timing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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