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Liquidity or Credit Risk? The Determinants of Very Short-Term Corporate Yield Spreads

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  • DAN COVITZ
  • CHRIS DOWNING

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Employing a comprehensive database on transactions of commercial paper issued by domestic U.S. nonfinancial corporations, we study the determinants of very short-term corporate yield spreads. We find that liquidity plays a role in the determination of spreads but, somewhat surprisingly, credit quality is the more important determinant of spreads, even at horizons of less than 1 month. These results are robust across a variety of proxies for liquidity and credit risk, and have important implications for the literature on the modeling of corporate bond prices. Copyright 2007 by The American Finance Association.

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  • Dan Covitz & Chris Downing, 2007. "Liquidity or Credit Risk? The Determinants of Very Short-Term Corporate Yield Spreads," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 62(5), pages 2303-2328, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:62:y:2007:i:5:p:2303-2328
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