Informed Trading and the Dynamics of Client-dealer Connections in Corporate Bond Markets

79 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2020

Date Written: December 7, 2020

Abstract

Using a unique non-anonymous dataset, covering virtually all secondary market trades in the UK corporate bond market, we show that clients outperform when they trade with more dealers. The effect is stronger for informationally sensitive clients (holding CDS positions on the issuer), assets (high-yield bonds), and during informationally intensive days (macro/rating announcements). The results are consistent with clients varying the number of dealers they trade with to conceal private information. Various tests support our information-based interpretation, ruling out alternative explanations related to uninformed demand and supply. Identifying clients who simultaneously trade in government and corporate bonds reveals that the informational role of connections is larger and more persistent in the corporate bond market. Using a Kyle (1989)-type model, we show that both the degree of inter-dealer competition and the magnitude of private information could, in theory, explain the strength of the performance-connection relation. The empirical evidence supports the mechanism related to the magnitude of private information, while the inter-dealer competition channel is rejected by the data.

Keywords: Informed trading, corporate bonds, client-dealer connections, inter-dealer competition

JEL Classification: G12, G14, G23, G24

Suggested Citation

Czech, Robert and Pinter, Gabor, Informed Trading and the Dynamics of Client-dealer Connections in Corporate Bond Markets (December 7, 2020). Bank of England Working Paper No. 895, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3744325 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3744325

Robert Czech (Contact Author)

Bank of England ( email )

Threadneedle Street
London, EC2R 8AH
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.bankofengland.co.uk/research/researchers/robert-czech

Gabor Pinter

Bank of England ( email )

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