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The Effect of Unfunded Pension Liabilities on Corporate Bond Ratings, Default Risk, and Recovery Rate
Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting
  • Fukuo Albert Wang, University of Dayton
  • Ting Zhang, University of Dayton
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-1-2014
Abstract
Unfunded pension liabilities lower ratings of non-senior secured bonds but do not affect ratings of senior secured bonds due to their higher seniority. Pension funding improvement (deterioration) is associated with bond rating upgrade (downgrade). Moreover, large unfunded liabilities increase bond default risk and reduce the recovery rate of bondholders aftercontrolling for credit ratings, suggesting that bond ratings do not fully capture pension underfunding risk. Overall, our results highlight the important effects of unfunded pension obligations on bond ratings, default risk, and creditors’ payoff, and suggest that investors should look beyond bond ratings in making investment decisions.
Inclusive pages
781–802
ISBN/ISSN
0924-865X
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Publisher
Springer
Peer Reviewed
Yes
Citation Information
Fukuo Albert Wang and Ting Zhang. "The Effect of Unfunded Pension Liabilities on Corporate Bond Ratings, Default Risk, and Recovery Rate" Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting Vol. 43 Iss. 4 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ting-zhang/7/