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Exploring the Safety Premium of Safe Assets

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  • Jens H. E. Christensen
  • Nikola Mirkov

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Investors are usually willing to pay a higher price, known as a premium, for a safe fixed-income asset in return for the convenience of its high quality and liquidity. A study of Swiss government bonds—widely considered to be extremely safe but not particularly liquid—can give some insights into how quality affects the premium. The large and variable safety premium of these bonds surged to persistently higher levels following the launch of the euro. However, subsequent large asset purchases by the European Central Bank depressed the safety premium.

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  • Jens H. E. Christensen & Nikola Mirkov, 2021. "Exploring the Safety Premium of Safe Assets," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, vol. 2021(13), pages 01-05, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:91528
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