Call Features and Term to Maturity of Callable Foreign Bonds

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Faculty of Economics & Commerce and Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 1996 - Bonds - 10 pages
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This paper models the value of "embedded" options in foreign bonds, using stochastic calculus, by assuming that the exchange rate follows a geometric Brownian motion process and the arrival time of an early redemption of the bond by the issuer conforms to a negative exponential distribution. The solution to the stochastic model shows that there is a relationship between the call premium and the expected time to the call. Therefore, the magnitude of the call premium can be viewed as a signal to the market on the firm's or a government treasury's expectations about the future level of interest rates and possible refinancing strategies.

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