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The asymmetric predictability of high-yield bonds

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  • Zhang, Tai-Wei
  • Wu, Wei-Hwa

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This study examines the relationship between the high-yield bonds market and the stock market and indicates that stock returns lead high-yield bond returns. Specifically, this study further shows that this lead–lag relationship is more solid during bear market periods since a downward trend in the stock market implies a high likelihood of the exercise of the equity put in short position embedded in a high-yield bond at maturity. We also conducted out-of-sample forecast using a VAR model, an AR model and naïve estimation during bear market and non-bear market periods. Our results demonstrate that high-yield bond returns are better predicted by a VAR model that includes past stock returns than by an AR model or naive estimation during bear market periods, but such is not the case during non-bear market periods.

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  • Zhang, Tai-Wei & Wu, Wei-Hwa, 2014. "The asymmetric predictability of high-yield bonds," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 146-155.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecofin:v:29:y:2014:i:c:p:146-155
    DOI: 10.1016/j.najef.2014.06.001
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    1. Yang, Lu & Hamori, Shigeyuki, 2015. "Interdependence between the bond markets of CEEC-3 and Germany: A wavelet coherence analysis," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 124-138.
    2. repec:eee:eneeco:v:69:y:2018:i:c:p:101-110 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    High-yield bonds; Predictability; VAR; Embedded options; Market condition;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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