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Pricing of Sovereign Credit Risk

C. Emre Alper (), Lorenzo Forni () and Marc Gerard

No 12/24, IMF Working Papers from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: We investigate the pricing of sovereign credit risk over the period 2008-2010 for selected advanced economies by examining two widely-used indicators: sovereign credit default swap (CDS) and relative asset swap (RAS) spreads. Cointegration analysis suggests the existence of an imperfect market arbitrage relationship between the cash (RAS) and the derivatives (CDS) markets, with price discovery taking place in the latter. Likewise, panel regressions aimed at uncovering the fundamental drivers of the two indicators show that the CDS market, although less liquid, has provided a better signal for sovereign credit risk during the period of the recent financial crisis.

Keywords: Credit risk; Developed countries; Global Financial Crisis 2008-2009; Risk premium; Sovereign debt; bond, arbitrage, bonds, credit risk, stock prices, government_bonds, derivatives market, government bonds, stock market, emerging markets, derivatives markets, bond spreads, bond purchases, government bond, risk aversion, sovereign bond, bond_purchases, money market, bond yields, bond market, bond markets, stock market index, benchmark government bond, term bond, stock market volatility, financial stability, bond yield, financial institutions, long-term bond market, corporate bond, risk premium, financial markets, coupon bond, bond estimators, money market rate, government bond yields, government bond yield, international financial statistics, emerging market bond, financial sector, money market rates, market bond, stock markets, money market interest rate, money market interest, outstanding bonds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012-01-01
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