On the term structure of liquidity in the European sovereign bond market

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Title: On the term structure of liquidity in the European sovereign bond market
Authors: O'Sullivan, ConallPapavassiliou, Vassilios G.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/11287
Date: May-2020
Online since: 2020-02-25T16:47:29Z
Abstract: The paper provides a high-frequency analysis of liquidity dynamics in the eurozone sovereign bond market over tranquil and crisis periods. We study time series of liquidity across the yield curve using high-frequency data from MTS, one of Europe’s leading electronic fixed-income trading platforms. We document flight-to-liquidity effects as investors prefer to trade on shorter-term benchmarks during liquidity dry-ups. We provide evidence of significant commonalities in spread and depth liquidity proxies which are weaker during the crisis period for both core and periphery economies although periphery countries display higher commonality than core countries during the crisis. We show that illiquidity of the periphery countries plays an important role in market dynamics and Granger causes illiquidity, volatility, returns, and CDS spreads across the maturity spectrum in both calm and crisis periods. Liquidity is priced both as a characteristic and as a risk factor even when controlling for credit risk, pointing to liquidity’s systematic dimension and importance.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
University College Dublin
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: New York University (NYU) Tandon’s Finance and Risk Engineering
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Journal of Banking & Finance
Volume: 114
Copyright (published version): 2020 Elsevier
Keywords: MicrostructureLiquidityEurozone debt crisisSovereign bond marketsCommon factorsLiquidity premium
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2020.105777
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection
UCD RePEc Archive Collection

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