Loan Ownership and Liquidity in the Secondary Loan Market
53 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2017 Last revised: 17 Apr 2018
Date Written: April 2, 2018
We find some support for theories predicting that the presence of informed investors adversely affects liquidity: When arrangers retain a share in the loan this impacts negatively liquidity. We find strong evidence that investor diversity is beneficial to liquidity: Loans with larger syndicates; syndicates with higher investor turnover, more investor types, and lower investor-types’ loan share concentration have lower bid-ask spreads. These findings are robust and do not appear to be driven by investors’ borrower/loan selection. We find that not all investors contribute positively to loan liquidity. While an increase in the number of hedge funds in a syndicate lowers the loan’s bid-ask spread, an increase in the number of banks in the syndicate has the opposite effect, consistent with existing beliefs that asset managers are active traders but banks follow buy-and-hold investment strategies.
Keywords: Loan Syndicate, Investor Diversity, Informed Investors, Loan Market Liquidity
JEL Classification: G14, G21, G22, G23, G24
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