Default prediction models: the role of forward-looking measures of returns and volatility
This paper proposes a variant application of the Merton distance-to-default model by employing implied volatility and implied cost of capital to predict defaults. The proposed model’s results are compared with predictions obtained from three popular models in different setups. We find that our “best” model, which contains forward-looking proxies of returns and volatility outperform other models, carries a default prediction accuracy rate of 89%. Additional analysis using a discrete-time hazard model indicates the pseudo-R² values from regression models that include the two forward-looking measures ...
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