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The value of trading relations in turbulent times

Marco Di Maggio, Amir Kermani and Zhaogang Song

Journal of Financial Economics, 2017, vol. 124, issue 2, 266-284

Abstract: This paper investigates how dealers’ trading relations shape their trading behavior in the corporate bond market. Dealers charge lower spreads to dealers with whom they have the strongest ties and more so during periods of market turmoil. Systemically important dealers exploit their connections at the expense of peripheral dealers as well as clients, charging higher markups than to other core dealers. Also, intermediation chains lengthened by 20% following the collapse of a flagship dealer in 2008 and even more for institutions strongly connected to this dealer. Finally, dealers drastically reduced their inventory during the crisis.

Keywords: Corporate bond; Dealer network; Intermediation chain; Over-the-counter financial market; Trading relationship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G12 G14 G24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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