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The Corporation of Foreign Bondholders

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  • Paolo Mauro
  • Yishay Yafeh

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This paper analyzes the Corporation of Foreign Bondholders (CFB), an association of British investors holding bonds issued by foreign governments. The CFB played a key role during the heyday of international bond finance, 1870-1913, and in the aftermath of the defaults of the 1930s. It fostered coordination among creditors, especially in cases of default, arranging successfully for many important debt restructurings, though failing persistently in a few cases. While a revamped creditor association might once again help facilitate creditor coordination, the relative appeal of defection over coordination is greater today than it was in the past. The CFB may have had an easier time than any comparable body would have today.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 03/107.

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Length: 31
Date of creation: 01 May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:03/107

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Keywords: Bonds; bondholders; debt; creditors; creditor; defaults; debt restructuring; bond; loans; restructuring; sovereign debt; interest; external debt; payments; tax revenues; sovereign repayment; obligations; debts; bondholder; international capital; debtors; bond market; stock exchange; bond issues; international financial architecture; holders of international capital markets; foreign financial institutions; outstanding debt; individual bondholders; underwriting; financial stability; international debt; international bond; insolvency; brady bond; government access to international capital; corporate debt repayment; financial markets; public debt; stock exchanges; taxes; international capital mobility; public emerging bond market; outstanding repudiation; stock markets; mortgage international financial markets; international bond market; commercial loans; creditor countries; debt burden; debt crises; debtor countries; market bond; debt contracts; markets for financial globalization; debt renegotiations; financial economics; bankruptcy procedures; secondary markets; emerging market bond; moral hazard; debt problems; emerging market corporate bond issues; debt forgiveness; old brady bond issue; bond payments; bond restructuring; expenditures; bank loans;

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  1. Ghosal, Sayantan & Thampanishvong, Kannika, 2009. "Does strengthening Collective Action Clauses (CACs) help?," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS), University of Warwick, Department of Economics 895, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  2. Alquist, Ron & Chabot, Benjamin, 2011. "Did gold-standard adherence reduce sovereign capital costs?," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 58(3), pages 262-272.
  3. Rui Pedro Esteves, 2007. "Quis custodiet quem? Sovereign Debt and Bondholders` Protection Before 1914," Economics Series Working Papers, University of Oxford, Department of Economics 323, University of Oxford, Department of Economics.
  4. Kris James Mitchener & Marc D. Weidenmier, 2007. "The Baring Crisis and the Great Latin American Meltdown of the 1890s," NBER Working Papers 13403, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  5. Marco Committeri & Francesco Spadafora, 2013. "You never give me your money? Sovereign debt crises, collective action problems, and IMF lending," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers), Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area 143, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
  6. Kris James Mitchener & Marc D. Weidenmier, 2005. "Supersanctions and Sovereign Debt Repayment," NBER Working Papers 11472, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Amrita Dhillon & Javier García-Fronti & Sayantan Ghosal & Marcus Miller, 2006. "Debt Restructuring and Economic Recovery: Analysing the Argentine Swap," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 29(4), pages 377-398, 04.

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