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Analysis of Yield Spreads on Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities

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  • Brian A. Maris

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    (Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011)

  • William Segal

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    (Federal Housing Finance Board, Washington, DC 20006)

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    Yield spreads on commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) are defined as the difference between the yield on CMBS and the yield on comparable-maturity Treasuries. CMBS yield spreads declined dramatically from 1992 until 1997, then increased in 1998 and 1999. The relationship between CMBS yield spreads and other variables is estimated in an effort to explain recent trends. Results identify several variables that are related to yield spreads on both fixed-rate and variable-rate CMBS. However, even after controlling for other observable factors, the yield spread on CMBS still declined from 1992 until 1997, then increased each of the next two years. Possible explanations for this phenomenon are explored.

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    Volume (Year): 23 (2002)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 235-252

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    Handle: RePEc:jre:issued:v:23:n:3:2002:p:235-252

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    1. Titman, Sheridan D & Torous, Walter N, 1989. " Valuing Commercial Mortgages: An Empirical Investigation of the Contingent-Claims Approach to Pricing Risky Debt," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 44(2), pages 345-73, June.
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    1. Gianluca Marcato & Giovanni Alberto Tira, 2009. "Driving Factors in Pricing European CMBS: Bond, Mortgage and Real Estate Characteristics," Real Estate & Planning Working Papers rep-wp2009-04, Henley Business School, Reading University.
    2. William Goetzmann & Frank Newman, 2010. "Securitizations in the 1920's," Yale School of Management Working Papers amz2668, Yale School of Management.
    3. Grovenstein, Robert A. & Harding, John P. & Sirmans, C.F. & Thebpanya, Sansanee & Turnbull, Geoffrey K., 2005. "Commercial mortgage underwriting: How well do lenders manage the risks?," Journal of Housing Economics, Elsevier, vol. 14(4), pages 355-383, December.

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