Collateral Affects Return Risk: Evidence From the Euro Bond Market
45 Pages Posted: 28 May 2019
Date Written: April 29, 2019
Covered bonds and senior bonds are important securities for fixed income investors. Senior bonds are unsecured, while covered bonds are secured and backed by collateral. Our results show that collateral reduces the total risk in individual bonds by more than 70%. Compared to diversified portfolios of senior bonds, diversified portfolios of covered bonds have a significantly lower level of systematic risk. However, the fraction of systematic risk to total risk is higher for covered bonds. By decomposing the variance of bond returns, we find that around 33% of the risk in senior bonds is systematic, versus 53% in covered bonds. Both types of bonds contain instrument specific risk.
Keywords: Collateral, systematic risk, unsystematic risk, instrument-specific risk
JEL Classification: G10, G12, G32
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