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Data Analytics for Corporate Debt Markets: Using Data for Investing, Trading, Capital Markets, and Portfolio Management by Robert S. Kricheff

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2. Corporate Debt Is Different

The Unique Nature of Corporate Debt

Fixed income is different from equities, and corporate debt is different from government, agency, and mortgage debt. In the corporate debt markets, you are analyzing not just the debt and interest rate features impacting the bond or loan being analyzed, but also the credit quality of the issuer and the unique structure of the specific piece of debt being explored.

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