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A tale of fragmentation: corporate funding in the euro-area bond market

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  • Andrea Zaghini

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Corporations of different euro-area countries faced noticeably different costs of funding in the bond market during the prolonged period of financial instability that started in 2007. We identify the determinants of corporate bond yield spreads in order to isolate country-specific effects as indicators of market fragmentation. Our evidence hints at a disorderly process of reassessment of corporate credit risk since 2007, with country-specific spreads vis-à-vis Germany becoming strongly positive for issuers located in other euro-area countries (Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain, in particular). After the introduction of the non-conventional monetary policy tool named OMT, the spreads declined considerably, but fragmentation disappeared only in the most recent period characterized by expectations and the actual deployment of ECB quantitative easing.

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  • Andrea Zaghini, 2017. "A tale of fragmentation: corporate funding in the euro-area bond market," Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) 1104, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    Keywords

    credit risk; corporate bonds; market fragmentation; sovereign debt crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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