Towards a Common European Monetary Union Risk Free Rate

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Sergio Mayordomo

Banco de España

Juan Ignacio Peña

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid - Department of Business Administration

Eduardo S. Schwartz

Simon Fraser University (SFU); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - Finance Area; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: March 12, 2010

Abstract

We present a tentative estimate of a common risk free rate for the European Monetary Union countries from January 2004 to December 2010 using variables motivated by a theoretical portfolio selection model. In a first stage, we analyze the determinants of EMU sovereign yield spreads and find significant effects of the credit quality, macro, correlation, liquidity and interaction variables. Then, on the basis of the yield spreads’ determinants, we estimate the common risk free rate and show that this rate would imply, in most cases, average savings in borrowing costs for all the countries involved although under some extreme market circumstances, some countries may suffer increased borrowing costs.

Keywords: Euro government bonds, Credit quality, Liquidity, Macro factors

JEL Classification: F33, G12, H63

Suggested Citation

Mayordomo, Sergio and Peña, Juan Ignacio and Schwartz, Eduardo S., Towards a Common European Monetary Union Risk Free Rate (March 12, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1569675 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1569675

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