Cross-Sectional Predictability of Corporate Bond Returns
68 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2016 Last revised: 2 Dec 2020
Date Written: March 12, 2019
While there are hundreds of cross-sectional predictors in the equity market, whether corporate bonds are predictable in the cross-section is an open question. This paper proposes to use trend signals in returns, which exploit short-, intermediate- and long-term trends simultaneously, to predict future bond returns. We provide new evidence that there is statistically significant and economically important predictability in the cross-section of corporate bond returns. This predictability is robust to various controls and stronger for lower-rated bonds. The pronounced bond market anomaly uncovered in this study joins a host of equity anomalies that challenges existing rational pricing models.
Keywords: trend signals; moving averages; cross-sectional predictability; corporate bond returns.
JEL Classification: G12; G14
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