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The reaction of emerging market credit default swap spreads to sovereign credit rating changes

By Iuliana Ismailescu and Hossein Kazemi

Abstract

This paper examines the effect of sovereign credit rating change announcements on the CDS spreads of the event countries, and their spillover effects on other emerging economies' CDS premiums. We find that positive events have a greater impact on CDS markets in the two-day period surrounding the event, and are more likely to spill over to other emerging countries. Alternatively, CDS markets anticipate negative events, and previous changes in CDS premiums can be used to estimate the probability of a negative credit event. The transmission mechanisms for positive events are the common creditor and competition in trade markets.Credit default swaps Credit ratings Emerging markets Spillover effects Transmission channels

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