Liquidity Premium in the Eye of the Beholder: An Analysis of the Clientele Effect in the Corporate Bond Market
53 Pages Posted: 24 May 2013 Last revised: 23 Sep 2021
Date Written: July 2018
This paper examines how liquidity and investors' heterogeneous liquidity preferences interact to affect asset pricing. Using data on insurers' corporate bond holdings, we find that the illiquidity of corporate bond portfolios varies widely and persistently across insurers, and is related to insurers' investment horizons and funding constraints, consistent with the notion of liquidity clientele. We further find that liquidity clienteles affect corporate bond prices|specifically, liquidity premia are lower among corporate bonds heavily held by investors with a weaker preference for liquidity.
Keywords: Corporate Bond Holdings, Liquidity Clientele, Corporate Bond Liquidity and Spreads
JEL Classification: G01, G12, G22, C23
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