Comoment Risk in Corporate Bond Yields and Returns

42 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017 Last revised: 9 May 2018

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Pascal Francois

HEC Montreal - Department of Finance

Stephanie Heck

HEC-Management School of the University of Liège

Georges Hübner

HEC Liège

Thomas Lejeune

National Bank of Belgium

Date Written: May 3, 2018

Abstract

This paper provides a comoment factor analysis of corporate bond returns using sector index bond portfolios. Corporate bond excess default return are decomposed into systematic default risk premiums rewarding investors for exposure to default risk and net excess returns adjusting for actual market conditions. Higher order comoments contribute positively to systematic default risk premiums. Furthermore, covariance and cokurtosis lower net excess returns as they trigger more value losses. We show a gradual substitution effect between covariation and tail risk contributions to the systematic risk premium for higher maturities, indicating a shift from the pricing of downgrading to outright default risk.

Keywords: Credit risk, Bond returns, Comoment risk

Suggested Citation

Francois, Pascal and Heck, Stephanie and Hübner, Georges and Lejeune, Thomas, Comoment Risk in Corporate Bond Yields and Returns (May 3, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3050013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3050013

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Stephanie Heck

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Georges Hübner

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Thomas Lejeune

National Bank of Belgium ( email )

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Belgium

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