The impact of credit default swaps on corporate investment policy

  • Xinshu XUE

Student thesis: MPhil Thesis (Lingnan)


Credit Default Swaps (CDSs) play an important role in the financial markets. The introduction of CDSs has impacts on the bond market, and the financial characteristics and creditworthiness of the underlying reference entities. When financing is not frictionless, the investment policies of firms are related to their financial conditions. However, whether or how the introduction of CDS will directly affect the investment policy of the firm has not been examined empirically in the literature. To shed light on this issue, my study investigates the relation between credit default swaps trading and corporate investment policy for the listed firms in the United States using the data of CDS reference entities from 2002 to 2014. I find that the introduction of CDSs is negatively related to the investment decisions of reference entities. Furthermore, the relation is more significant when the reference entities have financial constraints and depend more on external credit supply. Overall, when a listed firm becomes a CDS reference entity, the probability of its underinvestment will increase. The study contributes not only to the growing literature on the relationship between CDS introduction and the reference firm, but also to the literature on corporate investment policy making.
Date of Award2015
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Department of Finance and Insurance
SupervisorPui Han Winnie POON (Supervisor)

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