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Measuring Corporate Bond Market Dislocations
We propose the Corporate Bond Market Distress Index (CMDI) to quantify corporate bond market dislocations in real time. The index takes a preponderance-of-metrics perspective to combine a broad set of measures of market functioning from primary and secondary markets but not driven by any one statistic. We document that the index correctly identifies periods of dislocations and predicts future realizations of commonly used measures of market distress, while the converse is not the case. Moreover, the CMDI is an economically and statistically significant predictor of future economic activity, ...