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Equity Volatility and Corporate Bond Yields

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  • John Y. Campbell

    (Department of Economics, Harvard University, and NBER)

  • Glen B. Taksler

    (Citigroup Global Markets)

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This paper explores the effect of equity volatility on corporate bond yields. Panel data for the late 1990s show that idiosyncratic firm-level volatility can explain as much cross-sectional variation in yields as can credit ratings. This finding, together with the upward trend in idiosyncratic equity volatility documented by Campbell, Lettau, Malkiel, and Xu (2001) , helps to explain recent increases in corporate bond yields. Copyright 2003 by the American Finance Association.

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Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal The Journal of Finance.

Volume (Year): 58 (2003)
Issue (Month): 6 (December)
Pages: 2321-2350

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