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Foreign Lending in the Interwar Years: The Bondholders' Perspective

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  • Eichengreen, Barry
  • Portes, Richard

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This paper revises and extends our previous (1986) analysis of rates of return on sterling and dollar foreign loans of the 1920s. It analyzes a larger sample of 250 dollar bonds and 125 sterling issues, covering the years 1920-9. Internal rates of return are adjusted for repurchases of discounted foreign bonds. The larger sample confirms the main conclusions of our original study and enables us to paint a richer picture of interwar experience with foreign loans. We also analyze determinants of ex ante spreads on foreign loans relative to risk-free returns, and assess the sophistication of investors.

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  • Eichengreen, Barry & Portes, Richard, 1988. "Foreign Lending in the Interwar Years: The Bondholders' Perspective," CEPR Discussion Papers 273, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:273
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