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The Dollar and Corporate Borrowing Costs

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We show that U.S. dollar movements affect syndicated loan terms for U.S. borrowers, even for those without trade exposure. We identify the effect of dollar movements using spread and loan amount adjustments during the syndication process. Using this high-frequency, within loan variation, we find that a one standard deviation increase in the dollar index increases spreads by up to 15 basis points and reduces loan amounts and underpricing by up to 2 percent and 7 basis points, respectively. These effects are concentrated in dollar appreciations. Our results suggest that global factors reflected in the dollar affect U.S. borrowing costs.

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  • Ralf R. Meisenzahl & Friederike Niepmann & Tim Schmidt-Eisenlohr, 2021. "The Dollar and Corporate Borrowing Costs," International Finance Discussion Papers 1312, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgif:1312
    DOI: 10.17016/IFDP.2021.1312
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    Keywords

    Loan pricing; Syndicated loans; Dollar; Institutional investors; Risk taking;
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    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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