Reconciling TRACE Bond Returns

20 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2022

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Bryan T. Kelly

Yale SOM; AQR Capital Management, LLC; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Seth Pruitt

Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department

Date Written: March 10, 2022


TRACE bond returns are meaningfully different from ICE bond return data used by banks, asset managers, and hedge funds. The core results of Kelly at al. (forthcoming) are robust to instead using WRDS/TRACE data.

Keywords: corporate bond returns, factor model, IPCA, bond portfolio

JEL Classification: G10, G12

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Bryan T. and Pruitt, Seth, Reconciling TRACE Bond Returns (March 10, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Bryan T. Kelly

Yale SOM ( email )

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AQR Capital Management, LLC ( email )

Greenwich, CT
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

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Seth Pruitt (Contact Author)

Arizona State University (ASU) - Finance Department ( email )

W. P. Carey School of Business
PO Box 873906
Tempe, AZ 85287-3906
United States

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