Pledgeability and Asset Prices: Evidence from the Chinese Corporate Bond Markets

70 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2019

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Hui Chen

Massachusetts Institute of Technology; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Zhuo Chen

Tsinghua University; Tsinghua University - PBC School of Finance

Zhiguo He

University of Chicago - Finance

Jinyu Liu

University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) - School of Banking and Finance

Rengming Xie

CITIC Securities

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Date Written: November 2019

Abstract

We provide causal evidence for the value of asset pledgeability. Our empirical strategy is based on a unique feature of the Chinese corporate bond markets, where bonds with identical fundamentals are simultaneously traded on two segmented markets that feature different rules for repo transactions. We utilize a policy shock on December 8, 2014, which rendered a class of AA+ and AA bonds ineligible for repo on one of the two markets. By comparing how bond prices changed across markets and rating classes around this event, we estimate that an increase in the haircut from 0 to 100% would result in an increase in bond yields in the range of 40 to 83 bps. These estimates help us infer the magnitude of the shadow cost of capital in China.

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Suggested Citation

Chen, Hui and Chen, Zhuo and He, Zhiguo and Liu, Jinyu and Xie, Rengming, Pledgeability and Asset Prices: Evidence from the Chinese Corporate Bond Markets (November 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26520. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3496495

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Rengming Xie

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