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The credit spread dynamics of Latin American euro issues in international bond markets

Kannan Thuraisamy (), Gerard L. Gannon and Jonathan Batten ()

Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 2008, vol. 18, issue 4, 328-345

Abstract: This paper investigates two important relationships using the sovereign issues made by major Latin American economies in the international bond market: the determinants of credit spread changes using variables derived from structural and macroeconomic theory and the impact of a default episode on the underlying equilibrium dynamics. We find four significant determinants of credit spread changes: an asset and interest rate factor--consistent with structural models of credit spread pricing; the exchange rate--consistent with macroeconomic determinants and the slope of the yield curve--consistent with a business cycle effect. Also, an intra-regional analysis of sovereign yields reveals a shift in the long-run equilibrium dynamics around the Argentine default on the 23 December 2001.

Date: 2008
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