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Relative Value of Government of Canada Bonds

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  • Jean-Sébastien Fontaine
  • Jabir Sandhu
  • Adrian Walton

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Government of Canada bonds in circulation that promise very similar payoffs can have different prices. We study the reason for these differences. Bonds that trade more often and earn high rental income in the repurchase agreement (repo) market tend to have higher prices. Bonds with longer tenors and times to maturity tend to have lower prices. This contrast between cheap and expensive bonds is important because trading volume and rental income can change rapidly, unlike tenor and time to maturity, which are stable.

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  • Jean-Sébastien Fontaine & Jabir Sandhu & Adrian Walton, 2019. "Relative Value of Government of Canada Bonds," Staff Analytical Notes 2019-23, Bank of Canada.
  • Handle: RePEc:bca:bocsan:19-23
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    1. Sermin Gungor & Jun Yang, 2017. "Has Liquidity in Canadian Government Bond Markets Deteriorated?," Staff Analytical Notes 17-10, Bank of Canada.
    2. Jean‐Sébastien Fontaine & Guillaume Nolin, 2019. "Measuring Limits Of Arbitrage In Fixed‐Income Markets," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 42(3), pages 525-552, September.
    3. Léanne Berger-Soucy & Jean-Sébastien Fontaine & Adrian Walton, 2019. "Price Caps in Canadian Bond Borrowing Markets," Staff Analytical Notes 2019-2, Bank of Canada.
    4. Narayan Bulusu & Sermin Gungor, 2018. "Government of Canada Securities in the Cash, Repo and Securities Lending Markets," Discussion Papers 18-4, Bank of Canada.
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    Financial markets;

    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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