Crisis-Robust Bond Portfolios

Posted: 14 Mar 2011

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Marie Briere

Amundi Asset Management; Paris Dauphine University; Université Libre de Bruxelles

Ariane Szafarz

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB) & CERMi

Date Written: February 1, 2008

Abstract

This paper defines a “crisis-robust portfolio” that satisfies the minimal crisis-to-quiet time volatility ratio. This type of portfolio is less demanding for the investor than a regime-wise asset allocation. Although general, the concept of a crisis-robust portfolio is especially pertinent when applied to the bond market, which offers a flight-to-quality trade-off during crises (all volatilities increase but most correlations decrease). Using three categories of bonds (sovereign, investment grade corporate, and high yield corporate) in the U.S. and Eurozone for the period 1998-2007, we demonstrate the composition of crisis-robust portfolios and discuss the stabilizing role played by low-quality bonds during crises.

Keywords: financial crisis, portfolio management, bonds, fly-to-quality

JEL Classification: G11, G15, N20

Suggested Citation

Briere, Marie and Szafarz, Ariane, Crisis-Robust Bond Portfolios (February 1, 2008). Journal of Fixed Income, pp. 57-70, Fall 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1783906

Marie Briere

Amundi Asset Management ( email )

90 Boulevard Pasteur
Paris, 75015
France

Paris Dauphine University ( email )

Université Libre de Bruxelles ( email )

Brussels
Belgium

Ariane Szafarz (Contact Author)

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Centre Emile Bernheim (CEB) & CERMi ( email )

50 Avenue Roosevelt
Brussels 1050
Belgium

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