Brexit Referendum and the UK Securitization Market

Alper Kara, Nodirbek Karimov, Anh Phuong Nguyen

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We examined the perceived risk of Brexit referendum (BR) in the United Kingdom (UK) securitization market, using 1,021 securitized bonds issued between 2011 and 2018. We find an unexpected negative relationship between the BR outcome and the initial yield spreads of asset-backed securities (ABS), even after accounting for the downward-adjusted credit ratings in the post-BR period. We do not observe this effect on mortgage-backed securities (MBS). Our findings imply that investors diversified into ABS bonds under uncertainty in the post-BR period.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Early online date27 Jul 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jul 2020

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