One asset, two prices: the case of the Tsarist repudiated bonds
AbstractPrices of repudiated bonds are insightful but scarcely observed. Based on an original daily database, this paper compares the price evolution from January 6, 1916 to August 31, 1919 of a cross-listed (Paris and London) Tsarist bond repudiated by the Soviets on February 8, 1918. After its repudiation, the bond exhibits an important geographic price differential. This phenomenon is attributed to the conjunction of war conditions excluding arbitrage and specific investors' expectations regarding bailouts by the French and British governments. Furthermore, data from the pre-repudiation period show that the impossibility for arbitrage is not sufficient for driving the pricing differences.
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Bonds; repudiation; sovereign debt; Russia.;
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- Kim Oosterlinck & Ariane Szafarz, 2004. "One Asset, Two Prices: The case of the Tsarist Repudiated Bonds," Economic History 0409001, EconWPA.
- F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
- N24 - Economic History - - Financial Markets and Institutions - - - Europe: 1913-
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