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Credit quality or liquidity? Crisis-period evidence from the American sovereign bond market

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Credit quality or liquidity? Crisis-period evidence from the American sovereign bond market

Tao, Wan (2014) Credit quality or liquidity? Crisis-period evidence from the American sovereign bond market. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Treasury bond yields are affected by credit and liquidity. This paper determines the extent to which Treasury bond holders are concerned about liquidity and quality during times of market distress. Using data from the American sovereign bonds market, we find that investors increasingly demand liquidity whereas credit quality continues to be an important determinant of Treasury bond yields when the market is not favorable. Specifically, credit quality accounts for the majority of the variation in bond yields while liquidity plays a substantially smaller role during times of financial crisis. Furthermore, credit quality has a larger and stronger effect on bonds with a longer time to maturity, suggesting that changes in credit quality are a long-term concern that may be associated with changes in fiscal discipline and political policy.

Divisions:Concordia University > John Molson School of Business > Finance
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Tao, Wan
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M. Sc.
Program:Administration (Finance option)
Date:25 October 2014
Thesis Supervisor(s):Mateti, Ravi and Walker, Thomas
ID Code:979144
Deposited By: WAN TAO
Deposited On:13 Jul 2015 16:28
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:48
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