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How to Choose Between Fixed- and Variable-Rate Loans

Dienstag, 21.05.2019

Neuer Beitrag im "Journal of Banking and Financial Research (BankArchiv)" von o. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Edwin O. Fischer und Lisa-Maria Kampl, MSc

 

How to Choose Between Fixed- and Variable-Rate Loans

The current low-interest-rate landscape influences the decision whether to secure these low long-term interest rates with a fixed-rate agreement or to benefit from the current negative short-term rates with a variable-rate loan. The decision is based on expected future interest rates. We propose two criteria, namely the effective interest rate and the total repayments which serve as an approximation, to decide what type of loan is more advantageous. In this context, we also present the effects of varying future interest rates on the three selected repayment agreements; i.e. lump sum, constant principal and annuity repayments.

Fischer, E. O. und Kampl, L.-M. (2019): How to Choose Between Fixed- and Variable-Rate Loans, in: Journal of Banking and Financial Research (BankArchiv), Vol. 67, No. 2, pp. 125-135. doi: dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3244477.

 

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