How does a bank influence a firm's capital structure decisions in the area of leverage, debt maturity and source of debt?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 24, 2018, 11:52 pm ad1c9bdddf
Bank's Influence on Capital Structure
How does a bank influence a firm's capital structure decisions in the area of leverage, debt maturity and source of debt?
A bank can influence a firm's capital structure in the area of leverage through the instruments of interest rate and security required for granting loans. Leverage refers to the amount of dent a firm uses to finance its assets. A firm with significantly more debt than equity is highly leveraged. If the bank changes its interest rate or changes the requirements for security required for credit, the extent to which the company can borrow changes. For instance, if a bank or the banking system reduces the interest rate the firm can borrow more money for the same interest payment. If the firm increases its borrowing it becomes more leveraged than it was before. Let us take another example, if the bank changes the requirement securities this can also influence the leverage of ...
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Differences in Capital Structure: Investment by Banks in the US Compared to Japan or German Banks.
It is frequently argued that Japanese and German companies can afford to have more financial leverage and to follow lower dividend payout policies than U.S. companies because they are largely owned by financial institutions that have long-term horizons.
Does this argument make economic sense? If so, explain why, and if not, why not. What other factors might explain differences in capital structure and dividend policy across countries?View Full Posting Details