Authors: Niestroj, Benjamin
Title: Investors valuation for assets liquidity and safety and the corporate-treasury yield spread
Language (ISO): en
Abstract: The present study seeks to explain the non-default component of corporate- U.S. Treasury yield spreads. This is done by assuming, along the lines of Krishnamurthy and Vissing-Jorgensen (2012), that investors' valuation for asset-specific liquidity and safety features is being priced. For that purpose I modify a standard asset pricing model by allowing certain groups of assets to directly contribute to utility. Empirical tests of the model's implications con firm that view and show that changes in the supply of more liquid and safe assets cause a stronger impact on corporate-Treasury yield spreads compared to changes in the supply of less liquid and safe assets. Finding this systematic pattern, points to the existence of a demand function for liquidity and safety attributes. Further I provide evidence that liquidity and safety are priced separately from commonly used controls for economic risk and default risk factors as well as liquidity risk controls.
Subject Headings: Asset Pricing
Corporate-Treasury Bond Yield Spread
Credit Risk
Liquidity and Safety adjusted CAPM
Liquidity Premium
Issue Date: 2012-11-16
Appears in Collections:Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 823

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