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Rating and Spread:The French Market before Euro

Hervé Alexandre () and Maxime Merli

No 1000304, Working Papers CREGO from Université de Bourgogne - CREGO EA7317 Centre de recherches en gestion des organisations

Abstract: The main task of this paper is to confront two classical measures of default risk of the issuer, the rating and the spread. The first is attributed by agencies specialized in this activity (Standard and Poor's or Moody) while the second results directly from the market price of the bond. This article studies this link over a period of two years for about forty French denominated bonds. Two measures of the spread are used and the results obtained show the very partial consideration of this information by the investors on the French bond market.

Keywords: bonds; spread; rating; default risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2000-03, Revised 2002-09
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