Idiosyncratic Volatility vs. Liquidity? Evidence from the U.S. Corporate Bond Market

Posted: 26 Jul 2011

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Madhu Kalimipalli

Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Subhankar Nayak

Wilfrid Laurier University - Financial Services Research Centre

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Date Written: July 26, 2011

Abstract

Our main objective in this paper is to determine empirically the extent to which fixed-income investors are concerned about the relative effects of equity volatility and bond liquidity in the cross-section of corporate bond spreads. Our tests reveal that while both volatility and liquidity effects are significant, volatility, representing ex-ante credit shock, has the first-order impact, and liquidity represented by bond characteristics and price impact measure has the secondary impact on bond spreads. Conditional analysis further reveals that distressed bonds and distress regimes are both associated with significantly higher impact of volatility and liquidity shocks. However, the relative impact of these effects varies conditional on the underlying bond attributes and overall market conditions.

Keywords: equity volatility, bond liquidity, corporate bond spreads, illiquid markets, Fama-MacBeth Regressions

JEL Classification: G10, G1

Suggested Citation

Kalimipalli, Madhu and Nayak, Subhankar, Idiosyncratic Volatility vs. Liquidity? Evidence from the U.S. Corporate Bond Market (July 26, 2011). Journal of Financial Intermediation, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1895688

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Subhankar Nayak

Wilfrid Laurier University - Financial Services Research Centre ( email )

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5
Canada

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