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The Impact of the Federal Reserve's Large-Scale Asset Purchase Programs on Corporate Credit Risk

Simon Gilchrist () and Egon Zakrajsek ()

No 19337, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: Estimating the effect of Federal Reserve's announcements of Large-Scale Asset Purchase (LSAP) programs on corporate credit risk is complicated by the simultaneity of policy decisions and movements in prices of risky financial assets, as well as by the fact that both interest rates of assets targeted by the programs and indicators of credit risk reacted to other common shocks during the recent financial crisis. This paper employs a heteroskedasticity-based approach to estimate the structural coefficient measuring the sensitivity of market-based indicators of corporate credit risk to declines in the benchmark market interest rates prompted by the LSAP announcements. The results indicate that the LSAP announcements led to a significant reduction in the cost of insuring against default risk--as measured by the CDX indexes--for both investment- and speculative-grade corporate credits. While the unconventional policy measures employed by the Federal Reserve to stimulate the economy have substantially lowered the overall level of credit risk in the economy, the LSAP announcements appear to have had no measurable effect on credit risk in the financial intermediary sector.

JEL-codes: E44 E58 G2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2013-08
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Published as Simon Gilchrist & Egon ZakrajÅ¡ek, 2013. "The Impact of the Federal Reserve's LargeâScale Asset Purchase Programs on Corporate Credit Risk," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 45(s2), pages 29-57, December.

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