The Bond Lending Channel of Monetary Policy
60 Pages Posted: 8 May 2020
Date Written: April 2020
The share of firms' borrowing from bond markets has been rising globally, and notably in the Eurozone. How does debt structure affect the transmission of monetary policy? We present a high-frequency framework that combines identified monetary shocks with a cross-sectional firm-level stock price reaction. Firms with more bonds are disproportionately affected by surprise monetary actions relative to other firms in the Eurozone. This finding stands in contrast to the predictions of a standard bank lending channel and points toward bond financing not being a frictionless "spare tire."
Keywords: Banking relationships, corporate bonds, Corporate Finance, financial distress, monetary policy
JEL Classification: E44, E52, G21, G23
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