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Are European Corporate Bond and Default Swap Markets Segmented?

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  • Didier Cossin

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    (IMD International)

  • Hongze Lu

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    (IMD International, HEC, University of Lausanne)

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    Market prices of corporate bond spreads and of credit default swap (CDS) rates do not match each other. In this paper, we argue that the liquidity premium, the cheapest-to-deliver (CTD) option and actual market segmentation explain the pricing differences. Using the European transaction data from Reuters and Bloomberg, we estimate a liquidity premium that is time-varying and firm-specific. We show that when time-dependent liquidity premiums are considered, corporate bond spreads and CDS rates behave in a much closer way than previous studies have shown. We also find that high equity volatility drives pricing differences that can be explained by the CTD option.

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    Paper provided by International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering in its series FAME Research Paper Series with number rp133.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2005
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    Keywords: credit default swap; corporate bond yields; liquidity premium; cheapest-to-deliver options; debt-CDS arbitrage;

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    1. Pierre Collin-Dufresne, 2001. "The Determinants of Credit Spread Changes," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 56(6), pages 2177-2207, December.
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    1. Das, Sanjiv R. & Hanouna, Paul & Sarin, Atulya, 2009. "Accounting-based versus market-based cross-sectional models of CDS spreads," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(4), pages 719-730, April.

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