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The Response of Bond Prices to Insurer Ratings Changes

Hong Miao, Sanjay Ramchander and Tianyang Wang ()
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Sanjay Ramchander: Department of Finance and Real Estate, Colorado State University

The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, 2014, vol. 39, issue 2, 389-413

Abstract: This paper examines the impact of insurer ratings changes on bond prices. Using insurer ratings from four major rating agencies and data covering the recent financial crisis period, we document that downgrades have a strong negative price impact on bond prices, especially when the downgrades are reinforced by multiple agencies. In contrast, the announcement-day impact of upgrades is found to be weak. Our evidence is consistent with the predictions of structural credit risk models.

Date: 2014
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