Dts (Duration Times Spread)
48 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2007
The paper proposes a new measure of spread exposure for corporate bonds portfolios based on a detailed analysis of credit spread behavior. We find that changes in spreads are not parallel but rather linearly proportional to the level of spread, whereby bonds trading at wider spreads experience larger spread changes. Consequently, systematic spread volatility of a sector is proportional to its spread; similarly, the idiosyncratic spread volatility of a particular bond or issuer is proportional to its spread, irrespective of sector, maturity and time period. We confirm that the behavior of spreads results in excess return volatility being proportional to Duration Times Spread (DTS). We demonstrate the advantage of DTS over spread-duration in predicting future excess return volatility, index replication and portfolio construction and discuss the implications of our findings for the formulation of investment constraints, asset allocation, risk modeling and performance attribution.
Keywords: credit risk, corporate bonds
JEL Classification: C13, G12
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