Sermin Gungor is a Principal Researcher at the Market Risks and Vulnerabilities division of the Financial Markets Department. Her research spans a diverse area of financial economics and econometrics, with a focus on asset pricing. Sermin holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Emory University and a MSc in Financial Economics and Econometrics from the University of Essex. She also received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Marmara University. Her prior work experience includes a lecturer position in Istanbul Commerce University.
This note presents measures of liquidity used by the Bank of Canada to monitor market conditions and discusses recent trends in Government of Canada (GoC) fixed-income market liquidity. Our results indicate that the Bank’s measures have improved since the financial crisis.
Data on the use of government securities in the repo, securities lending and cash markets suggest there are bond market clienteles in Canada. Shorter-term bonds are more prevalent in the repo market, while longer-maturity securities are more active in the securities lending market—consistent with the preferred habitat hypothesis. These results could help design better debt-management strategies and more-effective policies to maintain well-functioning financial markets.
We develop a simulation-based procedure to test for stock return predictability with multiple regressors. The process governing the regressors is left completely free and the test procedure remains valid in small samples even in the presence of non-normalities and GARCH-type effects in the stock returns.
Following theory, we check that funding risk connects illiquidity, volatility and returns in the cross-section of stocks. We show that the illiquidity and volatility of stocks increase with funding shocks, while contemporaneous returns decrease with funding shocks.