A Macro-financial Analysis of the Corporate Bond Market

32 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2018

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Hans Dewachter

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Economics; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Leonardo Iania

Université catholique de Louvain

Wolfgang Lemke

European Central Bank

Marco Lyrio

Insper Institute of Education and Research

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Date Written: December 11, 2018

Abstract

We assess the contribution of economic and financial factors in the determination of euro area corporate bond spreads over the period 2001-2015. The proposed multi-market, no-arbitrage affine term structure model is based on the methodology proposed by Dewachter, Iania, Lyrio, and Perea (2015). We model jointly the ‘risk-free curve’, measured by overnight index swap (OIS) rates, and the corporate yield curves for two rating classes (A and BBB). The model includes four spanned and six unspanned factors. We find that, in general, both economic (real activity and inflation) and financial factors (proxying risk aversion, flight to liquidity and general financial market stress) play a significant role in the determination of the spanned factors and hence in the dynamics of the risk-free yield curve and corporate bond spreads. Across the risk-free OIS curve, macroeconomic and financial factors are each responsible on average for explaining 30 and 65 percent of yield varation, respectively. For A- and BBB-rated corporate debt, the selected financial variables explain on average 50 percent of the variation in corporate spreads during the last decade.

Keywords: euro area corporate bonds, yield spread decomposition, unspanned macro factors

JEL Classification: E43, E44

Suggested Citation

Dewachter, Hans and Iania, Leonardo and Lemke, Wolfgang and Lyrio, Marco, A Macro-financial Analysis of the Corporate Bond Market (December 11, 2018). ECB Working Paper No. 2214, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3299971

Hans Dewachter

Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Leonardo Iania

Université catholique de Louvain ( email )

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Belgium

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Wolfgang Lemke (Contact Author)

European Central Bank ( email )

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Germany

Marco Lyrio

Insper Institute of Education and Research ( email )

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Sao Paulo, 04542-030
Brazil

HOME PAGE: http://www.insper.edu.br/en/faculty-and-research/marco-lyrio

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