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The credit spread dynamics of Latin American euro issues in international bond markets

  • Thuraisamy, Kannan S.
  • Gannon, Gerard L.
  • Batten, Jonathan A.

This paper investigates two important relationships using the sovereign issues made by major Latin American economies in the international bond market: the determinants of credit spread changes using variables derived from structural and macroeconomic theory and the impact of a default episode on the underlying equilibrium dynamics. We find four significant determinants of credit spread changes: an asset and interest rate factor--consistent with structural models of credit spread pricing; the exchange rate--consistent with macroeconomic determinants and the slope of the yield curve--consistent with a business cycle effect. Also, an intra-regional analysis of sovereign yields reveals a shift in the long-run equilibrium dynamics around the Argentine default on the 23 December 2001.

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Volume (Year): 18 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 328-345

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