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Factor decomposition and diversification in European corporate bond markets

  • Pieterse-Bloem, Mary
  • Mahieu, Ronald J.

In this paper we present an analysis of diversification strategies on portfolios of European corporate bonds. From the perspective of a US-based investor we study whether mean–variance diversification strategies change as a result of the introduction of the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). Using a comprehensive and unique data set of European corporate bonds we show that country factors are more important than industry factors to describe the cross-section of European corporate bonds. In particular we find that in the Post-EMU period country factors remain important.

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Volume (Year): 32 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 194-213

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:32:y:2013:i:c:p:194-213
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