Informational Efficiency in Distressed Markets: The Case of European Corporate Bonds

Authors

  • Aurelio Fernández Bariviera DGE, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Reus, Spain; Centro de Estudios Científicos y Técnicos, FACPCE, Buenos Aires
  • M. Belén Guercio Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur, CONICET; Universidad Nacional del Sur; Universidad Provincial del Sudoeste, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
  • Lisana B. Martinez Instituto de Investigaciones Económicas y Sociales del Sur, CONICET; Universidad Nacional del Sur; Universidad Provincial del Sudoeste, Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Keywords:

distressed markets, European corporate bonds

Abstract

This paper investigates the effect of the 2008 financial crisis on informational efficiency by carrying out a long-memory analysis of European corporate bond markets. We compute the Hurst exponent for fifteen sectorial indices to scrutinise the time-varying behaviour of long-range memory, applying a shuffling technique to avoid short-term correlation. We find that the financial crisis has uneven effects on the informational efficiency of all corporate bond sectors, especially those related to financial services. However, their vulnerability is not homogeneous and some nonfinancial sectors suffer only a transitory effect.

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2014-09-21

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