Commonality in Credit Spread Changes: Dealer Inventory and Intermediary Distress

82 Pages Posted: 26 Nov 2019

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Zhiguo He

University of Chicago - Finance

Paymon Khorrami

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Students; University of Chicago, Department of Economics, Students

Zhaogang Song

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School

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Date Written: November 2019

Abstract

Two intermediary-based factors - a broad financial distress measure and a dealer corporate bond inventory measure - explain about 50% of the puzzling common variation of credit spread changes beyond canonical structural factors. A simple model, in which intermediaries facing margin constraints absorb supply of assets from customers, accounts for the documented explanatory power and delivers further implications with empirical support.

First, whereas bond sorts on margin-related variables (credit rating and leverage) produce monotonic patterns in loadings on intermediary factors, non-margin-related sorts produce no pattern. Second, dealer inventory co-moves with corporate-credit assets only, whereas intermediary distress co-moves even with non-corporate-credit assets. Third, dealers' inventory increases, and bond prices decline, in response to instrumented bond sales by institutional investors, using severe downgrades ("fallen angels'') and disaster-related insurance losses as IVs.

JEL Classification: G12, G22, G23

Suggested Citation

He, Zhiguo and Khorrami, Paymon and Song, Zhaogang, Commonality in Credit Spread Changes: Dealer Inventory and Intermediary Distress (November 2019). University of Chicago, Becker Friedman Institute for Economics Working Paper No. 2019-136. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3493297 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3493297

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Paymon Khorrami

University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Students ( email )

Chicago, IL
United States

University of Chicago, Department of Economics, Students ( email )

Chicago, IL
United States

Zhaogang Song

Johns Hopkins University - Carey Business School ( email )

100 International Drive
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States

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