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Cambridge Finance Workshop - Anthony Saunders

Cambridge Finance Workshop Series are usually held on Thursdays during term time. The workshops are an opportunity for those working in finance to present their latest results or papers.
When May 06, 2015
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 10 Trumpington Street (lower ground)
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Contact Phone 01223768129
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Anthony Saunders is the John M. Schiff Professor of Finance at NYU Stern.

Mind the Gap: The Difference between US and European Loan Rates


Carey and Nini (2007) provide evidence that interest rate spreads on syndicated loans differed systematically between the European and the US market during the 1992 to 2002 period. Loan spreads in Europe are, on average, about 30 basis points smaller than in the US. We show that accounting for unused fees (AISU) fully explains the pricing puzzle for lines of credit. While European borrowers pay a significantly lower AISD, they also pay a significantly higher AISU. For term loans, we document a systematic selection effect: Firms with high borrowing costs in the market for lines of credit  as measured via the AISD and AISU  are more likely to also be active in the term loan market. This selection effect is significantly smaller in Europe and explains 50-90% of the pricing difference between US and European term loans. These results are consistent with commitments being exclusively provided by banks, while term funding is subject to a selection effect depending on the availability of outside options for borrowing via bond markets.

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