Liquidity and Credit Risk
We develop a simple binomial model of liquidity and credit risk in which a bondholder has the option to time the sale of his security, given a distribution of potential buyers, bids and liquidity shocks. We examine first the case without default and find that our model predicts decreasing term structures of liquidity premia, consistent with empirical evidence. In the default risky case, we find that liquidity spreads are positively related to credit risk. Using a sample of US corporate bonds, we find support for the time to maturity effect and the positive correlation between credit and liquidity spreads.
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