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How does the signaling model of financial structure differ from the pecking-order model with respect to the assumption in this hypothesis of asymmetric information? Pecking Order theory tries to capture the costs of asymmetric information. It states that companies prioritize their sources of financing (from internal financing to equity) according to the law of least effort, or of least resistance, preferring to raise equity as a financing means “of last resort”. Hence: internal financing is used first; when that is depleted, then debt is issued; and when it is no longer sensible to issue any more debt, equity is issued. This theory maintains that businesses adhere to a hierarchy of financing sources and prefer internal financing when available, and debt is preferred over equity if external financing is required (equity would mean issuing shares, which meant “bringing external ownership” into the company). Thus, the form of debt a firm chooses can act as a signal of its need for external finance (Connelly et al., 2011) The pecking order theory is
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