Monetary Policy and Corporate Bond Returns
Review of Asset Pricing Studies (forthcoming)
95 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2020 Last revised: 28 Apr 2020
Date Written: April 17, 2020
We investigate the impact of monetary policy shocks on excess corporate bonds returns. We obtain a significant negative response of bond returns to policy shocks, which is especially strong among low-grading bonds. The largest portion of this response is related to higher expected bond returns (discount-rate news), while the impact on expectations of future interest rates (interest-rate news) plays a secondary role. However, the interest-rate channel is dominant among high-grading bonds and Treasury bonds. By looking at the two components of bond premia news, we find that the dominant channel for high-rating (low-rating) bonds is term premia (credit premia) news.
Keywords: Corporate Bond Market, Bond Returns, Return Decomposition, Monetary Policy, Bond Premia, Present-Value Relation, Credit Risk
JEL Classification: E44, E52, G10, G12
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