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Yield Spread Determinants of Sukuk and Conventional Bonds

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Article number105664
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/12/2021
<mark>Journal</mark>Economic Modelling
Volume105
Number of pages17
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date5/10/21
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

Despite increased economic turmoil over the past few years, the Islamic financial sector including sukuk has shown tremendous growth and stability. This study examines the yield spread determinants of sukuk and conventional bonds. We comparatively assess the effects of firm- and industry-specific variables, bond characteristics, and macroeconomic conditions on the yield. Our sample data features bonds and sukuk of different maturities issued by 58 publicly traded (listed) firms in Malaysia. For sukuk, primary determinants are the firm-specific indicators which indicate lower yield spreads. Moreover, sukuk spreads do not widen with equity volatility, making them less risky than conventional bonds. For conventional bonds, both firm-level and bond-specific characteristics significantly affect yield spreads. Higher financial leverage with shorter maturity is associated with low yields and low spreads. Findings in this study present new insights and important policy implications for investors trading in and regulators governing sukuk and conventional bonds.

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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Economic Modelling. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Economic Modelling, 105, 2021 DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2021.105664