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An option - pricing approach to secondary market debt: applied to Mexico

Stijn Claessens () and Sweder van Wijnbergen ()

No 333, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: This paper presents a pricing model for secondary market debt designed to assess the market value of various forms of guarantees and the impact of debt reduction on the value of remaining claims. The model is more flexible and realistic than other models. The technique used, option pricing, accounts for the sources and nature of risks on sovereign debt. It is extremely flexible in handling different maturity schedules, differences in seniority, and expectations about the availability of foreign exchange and willingness to pay. The model is applied to Mexico. It first prices the value of a general obligation claim. It then prices claimss with fixed and rolling interest guarantees. It derives specific market values for general obligation debt and for collateralized exit bonds and schemes on the secondary market price. It then concludes that the terms of the new bonds are in accord with recent secondary market prices of the existing debt. Finally, the paper shows that the three debt restructuring options offered to individual banks are not equivalent if the newly created exit bonds are senior to new money claims. The new money option is worth considerably less.

Keywords: Banks&Banking Reform; Economic Theory&Research; Strategic Debt Management; Environmental Economics&Policies; Markets and Market Access (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1990-01-31
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