Convertibles as an Asset Class - an Empirical Analysis

Convertibles as an Asset Class - an Empirical Analysis

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Master Thesis from the year 2011 in the subject Business economics - Investment and Finance, grade: 2,0, Humboldt-University of Berlin, language: English, abstract: Convertible bonds represent one of the most complex financial securities in the global capital markets. Convertibles are a hybrid financial product between debt and equity. The plain vanilla convertible bond consists of a fixed-income component and a conver-sion option on an underlying equity component. Further to this basic construction, a va-riety of possible additional options, either for the issuer or the holder of the security, can be engineered. Relative strength and dominance of the US and Asia/Pacific convertible markets has resulted in a substantial body of empirical literature on the performance of the securities in these markets. However, convertibles issued in Europe and its member countries have not been subject to many studies and analyses. This is surprising with regard to the recent dynamic development of the European convertible market.Analyzing the behavior of convertible bonds holds important implications for private and institutional investors in their quest for alternative investment opportunities. Both are particularly interested in investment opportunities that provide them with a wider investment opportunity set or with a possibility to circumvent investment or tax regula-tions. Therefore, it is necessary in a first step to examine unique characteristics of convertible bonds and determine whether these features make the security a distinct asset class.The goal of this empirical study is twofold. First, it examines the behavior of convertible bonds in Europe and Germany. The examination is inspired by the analysis of Ranaldo/Eckmann (2004). Their study will be updated, critically reviewed, and extended. The second part of this study emphasizes the changing nature of convertibles in times of economic recession and boom periods. The observation period is split in these economic cycles and investigation of debt/equity exposure is undertaken separately. In a last step, this study employs a rolling window regression model adapted from Sharpe (1992), in order to visualize the moving average debt/equity exposure over the chosen observation period.show more

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  • 149 x 210 x 5mm | 119g
  • GRIN Verlag
  • 364087384X
  • 9783640873845