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On the predictability of emerging market sovereign credit spreads

Alena Audzeyeva and Ana-Maria Fuertes ()

Journal of International Money and Finance, 2018, vol. 88, issue C, 140-157

Abstract: This paper examines the quarter-ahead out-of-sample predictability of Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines and Turkey credit spreads before and after the Lehman Brothers’ default. A model based on the country-specific credit spread curve factors predicts no better than the random walk and slope regression benchmarks. Model extensions with the global yield curve factors and with both global and domestic uncertainty indicators notably outperform both benchmarks post-Lehman. The finding that bond prices better reflect fundamental information after the Lehman Brothers’ failure indicates that this landmark of the recent global financial crisis had wake-up call effects on emerging market bond investors.

Keywords: Sovereign credit spreads; Emerging markets; Out-of-sample predictability; Term structure; Macroeconomic uncertainty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F34 F15 F17 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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