Equity Tail Risk in the Treasury Bond Market

104 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2018 Last revised: 14 Nov 2020

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Mirco Rubin

EDHEC Business School

Dario Ruzzi

Bank of Italy

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Date Written: November 13, 2020


This paper quantifies the effects of equity tail risk on the US government bond market. We estimate equity tail risk as the option-implied stock market volatility that stems from large negative jumps as in Bollerslev, Todorov and Xu (2015), and assess its value in reduced-form predictive regressions for Treasury returns and an affine term structure model for interest rates. We document that the left tail volatility of the stock market significantly predicts one-month-ahead excess returns on Treasuries both in- and out-of-sample. The incremental value of employing equity tail risk as a return forecasting factor can be of economic importance for a mean-variance investor trading bonds. The estimated term structure model shows that equity tail risk is priced in the US government bond market. Consistent with the theory of flight-to-safety, we find that (i) Treasury prices increase and (ii) funds flow from equities into bonds when the perception of tail risk is higher. Our results concerning the predictive power and pricing of equity tail risk extend to major government bond markets in Europe.

Keywords: Bond return predictability, equity tail risk, bond risk premium, flight-to-safety, affine term structure model

JEL Classification: C52, C58, G12, E43

Suggested Citation

Rubin, Mirco and Ruzzi, Dario, Equity Tail Risk in the Treasury Bond Market (November 13, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3157519 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3157519

Mirco Rubin

EDHEC Business School ( email )

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Dario Ruzzi (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

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