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Credit risk in covered bonds

Prokopczuk, M., Siewert, J. B. and Vonhoff, V. (2013) Credit risk in covered bonds. Journal of Empirical Finance, 21 (1). pp. 273-290. ISSN 0927-5398

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.jempfin.2012.12.003


Covered bonds are a promising alternative for prime mortgage securitization. In this paper, we explore risk premia in the covered bond market and particularly investigate whether and how credit risk is priced. In extant literature, yield spreads between high-quality covered bonds and government bonds are often interpreted as pure liquidity premia. In contrast, we show that although liquidity is important, it is not the exclusive risk factor. Using a hand-collected data set of cover pool information, we find that the credit quality of the cover assets is an important determinant of covered bond yield spreads. This effect is particularly strong in times of financial turmoil and has a significant influence on the issuer's refinancing cost.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Henley Business School > ICMA Centre
ID Code:31340
Uncontrolled Keywords:Covered bonds; Credit risk; Cover pool; Financial crisis; Pfandbrief

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