The Expected Illiquidity Premium: Evidence from Equity Index-Linked Bonds

Review of Finance, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 19-47, 2004

32 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2006 Last revised: 20 Mar 2016

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Elroy Dimson

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School; London Business School

Bernd Hanke

Global Systematic Investors LLP

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Date Written: September 10, 2012

Abstract

We examine a set of equity index-linked bonds that provide the same payout as an investment in an equity index, but are relatively illiquid. We demonstrate that these securities sell at a discount relative to their underlying value and hence have higher expected returns. We show that this apparent mispricing can be attributed to the illiquidity of the bonds. Trading costs for equity-linked bonds, as measured by bid-ask spreads, are free of any asymmetric information or inventory holding cost component; hence the only illiquidity component left is clearing costs. This study shows that, even in the absence of asymmetric information and inventory holding costs, illiquidity depresses asset prices and therefore increases expected security returns. Using an ex ante measure of the expected return premium due to illiquidity, we link the time-series variation in the lliquidity premium to security-specific attributes related to their marketability. We show that liquidity risk has a systematic component, and relate this market-wide factor to a number of macroeconomic variables that have previously been shown to be related to illiquidity.

Keywords: Liquidity, Asset Pricing

JEL Classification: G12

Suggested Citation

Dimson, Elroy and Hanke, Bernd, The Expected Illiquidity Premium: Evidence from Equity Index-Linked Bonds (September 10, 2012). Review of Finance, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 19-47, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=510703

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