Investing in junk bonds: inside the high yield debt market

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Wiley, Jan 16, 1987 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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The first comprehensive guide to the burgeoning, new high-yield debt or ``junk bond'' market. Edward Altman and Scott Nammacher, leading experts on debt financing and co-developers of the Zeta model for predicting business failure, offer sophisticated investors a complete analysis of the high-yield bond market, its anatomy, history, participants, risks and returns. With Altman and Nammacher's Zeta model, investors can gauge the safety of an issue before they commit. This book helps private investors and mutual fund, pension, bank, and insurance money managers make sure their junk bonds don't live up to the name.

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Size and Growth in High Yield Debt
A Record New Issue Year? Yes and No

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About the author (1987)

John B. Caouette is the former vice chairman of MBIA Insurance Corporation and is currently Chairman of Channel Capital Group, a European-based credit derivative products company.

Edward I. Altman, PhD, MBA, is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Previously, he chaired the Stern School's MBA Program for twelve years. He has been acclaimed as the world's leading academic on credit risk and distressed and high-yield debt for most of his forty-year career.

Paul Narayanan is Director of Credit Portfolio Analytics at American International Group, Inc. He has been involved with credit risk management for more than two decades and in the development and deployment of analytical solutions for credit issues.

Robert W. J. Nimmo is the former group risk director of Barclays PLC, where he was responsible for all the risk management activities of the group covering credit, market, operational risk, and compliance. He was also the chief risk officer for Wachovia Corporation (2000-2001) and for Westpac Banking Corporation (1993-2000).

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