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Accounting year-end dispersion and seasonality in the Japanese corporate bond market

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  • Kenji Matsui

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Using monthly yield data on straight bonds, this article investigates seasonality in the Japanese corporate bond market. A statistical examination of spreads between the yield of each bond and a bond market index reveals that the yield spread consistently decreases from April to August, whereas it increases from September to December. Because accounting year-ends for most investors in Japan are concentrated in either March or December, this seasonality supports the hypotheses of tax-loss selling and window dressing. Moreover, the seasonality becomes more pronounced as the debt rating declines, consistent with the findings in previous studies investigating the US bond market.

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  • Kenji Matsui, 2011. "Accounting year-end dispersion and seasonality in the Japanese corporate bond market," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 43(26), pages 3733-3744.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:43:y:2011:i:26:p:3733-3744
    DOI: 10.1080/00036841003705311
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