Decomposing Corporate Bond Spreads

9 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2007


Sterling, dollar and euro-denominated corporate bond spreads narrowed substantially between late 2002 and mid-2007, but widened abruptly during the recent financial market turmoil. This article uses a structural credit risk model to examine the extent to which movements in spreads over the past decade have been driven by credit and non-credit related factors. Compensation for bearing non-credit related illiquidity risk appears to have been a particularly important driver of high-yield spreads, including during the recent financial market turmoil, but the compensation required for credit risk has also increased recently.

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Webber, Lewis, Decomposing Corporate Bond Spreads. Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin, 2007, Available at SSRN:

Lewis Webber (Contact Author)

Bank of England ( email )

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom

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