Yield Spreads and the Corporate Bond Rollover Channel
59 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2014 Last revised: 31 Jan 2019
Date Written: January 30, 2019
I show that the pricing of a bond liquidity shock depends on the current size of a firm's bond rollover exposure. Using U.S. corporate bond transactions data, I find that a market liquidity shock induces a larger yield spread increase among firms with non-zero rollover exposures. This effect is more pronounced for credit risky firms and increases in the size of the rollover exposure. Furthermore, I show that tests that do not control for the heterogeneity in firms' rollover exposure policies provide biased estimates of the pricing impact of the rollover channel.
Keywords: Corporate Bonds, Yield Spread, Liquidity, Rollover Risk, Debt Structure
JEL Classification: G12, G32
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