Corporate Bond Returns and Volatility

26 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2008

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Kelly Nianyun Cai

University of Michigan at Dearborn - School of Management

Xiaoquan Jiang

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Finance

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Abstract

Recent literature emphasizes the relation of stock volatility to corporate bond yields. We demonstrate that during 1996-2005 corporate bond excess return volatility is directly related to contemporaneous corporate bond excess returns. In fact, the decompositions of aggregate bond volatility have a higher contemporaneous correlation with bond yields in comparison to idiosyncratic stock risk. Additionally, bond volatility and idiosyncratic risk are significant predictors of corporate three-month and six-month ahead bond excess returns. We also find that corporate bond volatility contains both slow moving and time-varying components.

Suggested Citation

Cai, Kelly Nianyun and Jiang, Xiaoquan, Corporate Bond Returns and Volatility. The Financial Review, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 1-26, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1090686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-6288.2007.00184.x

Kelly Nianyun Cai (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Dearborn - School of Management ( email )

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Dearborn, MI 48126
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Xiaoquan Jiang

Florida International University (FIU) - Department of Finance ( email )

University Park
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
United States

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