Corporate Loan Spreads and Economic Activity
78 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2021 Last revised: 11 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 6, 2021
We use secondary corporate loan market prices to construct a novel loan market-based credit spread. This measure has additional predictive power across macroeconomic outcomes beyond existing bond credit spreads as well as other commonly used predictors in both the U.S. and Europe. Consistent with theoretical predictions, our evidence highlights the joint role of financial intermediary and borrower balance sheet frictions. In particular, loan market borrowers are compositionally different from bond market borrowers, which helps explain the differential predictive power of loan over bond spreads. Exploiting industry specific loan spreads and alternative weighting schemes further improves our business cycle forecasts.
Keywords: Secondary loan market, Bonds, Credit supply, Real economic activity
JEL Classification: E23, E44, G20
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