Determinants of Credit Default Swaps for North American Companies

Mehta, Aayush (2016) Determinants of Credit Default Swaps for North American Companies. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

We investigate the relationship between firm specific and macro variables on credit default spreads.

We collect weekly CDS spreads for North American companies, as well as firm specific and macro

variables, from July 2011 to July 2016. A panel based model to conduct both fixed effects and OLS

regressions on the levels and differences datasets. The variables used in our regressions are in line

with the theoretical and additional variables mentioned by Ericsson and Colin Dufresne which

consist of leverage, risk free rate, equity volatility, Vix index, and slope. We collect weekly CDS

spreads for North American companies, as well as firm specific and macro variables, from July 2011

to July 2016.The explanatory power of our variables in the OLS regression is 22% and extends to 35%

in our robustness analysis for our levels dataset. While the R square for our differences dataset in

the OLS regression is 13.8% and extends to 14.5% in the robustness analysis. Our results suggest that

theoretical determinants (leverage, equity volatility & risk free rate) have rather limited explanatory

power, and that additional determinants contain useful information about the CDS spreads.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Mehta, Aayush
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2021 15:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/36277

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