Short Selling, Trading Activity and Volatility in Corporate Bond Market
52 Pages Posted: 18 Aug 2018
Date Written: August 18, 2018
We investigate the impact of short selling activity on trading activity and price volatility in the U.S corporate bond market. Consistent with prior literature, we find that investors use short selling as a platform to express their difference of opinions. In addition, we find that the positive relation between short selling activity and price volatility becomes weaker during period when investors’ expectations tend to be more homogenous such as the Global Financial Crisis (GFC). More importantly, we show that short selling in the corporate bond market is not simply a substitute to equity short selling and option trading for investors to trade negative news and information against the underlying company. On the contrary, it is an independent conduit for investors to express difference of opinions specific to bond.
Keywords: Short Selling; Corporate Bond Market; Difference of Opinion; Volatility
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