Staff Reports
It’s What You Say and What You Buy: A Holistic Evaluation of the Corporate Credit Facilities
Number 935
July 2020 January 2022

JEL classification: G12, G18, G19

Authors: Nina Boyarchenko, Anna Kovner, and Or Shachar

We evaluate the impact of the Federal Reserve corporate credit facilities (PMCCF and SMCCF) on corporate bond markets. Conditions in primary markets improve once the facilities are announced, particularly for issuers that need to refinance before 2022. Issuance accelerates before spreads normalize. The secondary market points to a causal role for the facilities, with a differential impact on eligible issues and a significant effect of direct bond purchases, but less so for purchases through ETFs. We find evidence that dealers link the primary and secondary market recovery, with facilities affecting dealers’ willingness to underwrite issuances and intermediate in secondary markets.

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Nina Boyarchenko
The author declares that she has no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper. Prior to circulation, this paper was reviewed in accordance with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York review policy, available at https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/index.html.

Anna Kovner
The author declares that she has no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper. Prior to circulation, this paper was reviewed in accordance with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York review policy, available at https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/index.html.

Or Shachar
The author declares that she has no relevant or material financial interests that relate to the research described in this paper. Prior to circulation, this paper was reviewed in accordance with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York review policy, available at https://www.newyorkfed.org/research/staff_reports/index.html.
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