Clientele Effects in Sovereign Bonds: Evidence from the Malaysian Cash and Repo Markets
79 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2018 Last revised: 30 Apr 2019
Date Written: April 29, 2019
Controlling for bond characteristics and liquidity, clientele effects in Malaysian bonds cause Islamic sovereign bonds to have a 4.8 bps higher yield than their conventional counterparts. Using transaction-level bond data, we document three channels for these effects: First, from the selling of conventional bonds by foreign investors during the 2008-2009 crisis; Second, from the rise in foreign holdings, and the corresponding fall in bond yields, when Islamic bonds were added to the JP Morgan Emerging Market Bond Index; Third, from the active repo market with higher "specialness," that conventional sovereign bonds enjoy, which also leads to a wider yield spread.
Keywords: Clientele Effect, Liquidity, Credit Risk, Sovereign Sukuk, Islamic Sovereign Bond, Conventional Sovereign Bond
JEL Classification: G11, G12, G18
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