The Importance of Sovereign Bond Benchmarks for Corporate Debt Issuance: Mind the Gap
51 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2019 Last revised: 7 Oct 2020
Date Written: October 7, 2020
Sovereign bond benchmarks are important determinants of corporate bond issuance and maturity. We show that by providing benchmark rates, long-maturity government issues complement the issuance of similar-maturity corporate issues. Government and corporate bond issues are also substitutes and more long-term corporate bonds are issued when sovereign alternatives are in short supply. However, the substitution weakens when sovereign bonds fail to provide a precise benchmark. Sovereign debt and its maturity play an important role in capital market development with sovereign bond issues that increase a country’s maximum maturity preceding increases in the maximum maturity of corporate issues.
Keywords: Corporate bond issuance, Sovereign bond issuance, Bond maturity, Sovereign benchmark, Reference rates, Gap Filling
JEL Classification: G12, G15, G18, G32, H63
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