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Are sovereign credit ratings overrated?

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  • Davor Kunovac

    (Croatian National Bank, Croatia)

  • Rafael Ravnik

    (Croatian National Bank, Croatia)

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In this paper we examine the relevance of changes in sovereign credit rating for the borrowing cost of EU countries. Our results indicate that discretionary credit rating announcements are only of limited economic importance for the borrowing cost of these countries. It seems that rating agencies do not reveal important new information to financial markets, in addition to that already contained in the underlying fundamentals. Hence, given the sentiment in financial markets, the borrowing cost of a country can only be reduced by improving macroeconomic and fiscal fundamentals.

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  • Davor Kunovac & Rafael Ravnik, 2017. "Are sovereign credit ratings overrated?," Working Papers 47, The Croatian National Bank, Croatia.
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    Keywords

    Sovereign credit ratings; borrowing cost; macroeconomic and fiscal fundamentals;
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    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage
    • H63 - Public Economics - - National Budget, Deficit, and Debt - - - Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy

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