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Why is price discovery in credit default swap markets news-specific?

  • Marsh, Ian W.

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    (Cass Business School)

  • Wagner , Wolf

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    (Tilburg University and Duisenberg School of Finance)

We analyse daily lead-lag patterns in US equity and credit default swap (CDS) returns. We first document that equity returns robustly lead CDS returns. However, we find that the CDS-lag is due to common (and not firm-specific) news and arises predominantly in response to positive (instead of negative) equity market news. We provide an explanation for this news-specific price discovery based on dealers in the CDS market exploiting their informational advantage vis-à-vis institutional investors with hedging demands. In support of this explanation we find that the CDS-lag and its news-specificity are related to various firm-level proxies for hedging demand in the cross-section as well as measures for economy-wide informational asymmetries over time.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 6/2012.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: 02 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2012_006
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