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The cost of firms' debt financing

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  • Pianeselli, Daniele
  • Zaghini, Andrea

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We provide an assessment of the determinants of the risk premia paid by non-financial corporations on long-term bonds. By looking at 5,500 issues over the period 2005-2012, we find that in recent years the sovereign debt market turbulence has been a major driver of corporate risk. Compared with the three-year period 2005-07 before the global financial crisis, in the years 2010-12 Italian, Spanish and Portuguese firms paid on average between 70 and 120 basis points of additional premium due to the negative spillovers from the sovereign debt crisis, while German firms got a discount of 40 basis points.

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  • Pianeselli, Daniele & Zaghini, Andrea, 2013. "The cost of firms' debt financing," CFS Working Paper Series 2013/03, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:201303
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    1. Andrea Zaghini, 2014. "Bank Bonds: Size, Systemic Relevance and the Sovereign," International Finance, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(2), pages 161-184, June.

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    Keywords

    Corporate bonds; Risk-premium; Too big to fail; Sovereign debt crisis;

    JEL classification:

    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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