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A Comparative Analysis of the Returns on Provincial and Federal Canadian Bonds

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  • Galvani, Valentina

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • Behnamian, Aslan

    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

Abstract

Our empirical analysis unveils a striking uniformity between the returns of Canadian federal and provincial bonds. Furthermore, the return spreads between these debt instruments are shown to be white noise. Relying on tests for mean-variance spanning, we also show that market participants are unlikely to benefit from expanding portfolios of federal bonds with debt securities issued by the Canadian provinces.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2009-7.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 30 Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2009_007

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Keywords: diversification benefits; bonds; spanning; Canada;

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  1. Dhritidyuti Bose & Rajeev Jain & Lakshmanan L, 2011. "Determinants of Primary Yield Spreads of States in India: An Econometric Analysis," Working Papers id:4370, eSocialSciences.

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