Corporate Bond Risk and Real Activity : An Empirical Analysis of Yield Spreads and Their Systematic Components

Author/Editor:

Iryna V. Ivaschenko ; Jorge A Chan-Lau

Publication Date:

October 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper finds that the yield spread of investment-grade bonds relative to Treasuries, a proxy of default risk, predicts marginal changes in industrial production in the United States up to 12 months in the future, even upon controlling for a commonly used predictor such as the commercial paper spread. The paper also finds that systematic risk factors associated with the yield spread of investment-grade bonds to a variety of risk-free benchmarks - Treasuries, agency bonds, and AAA-rated bonds - have significant predictive content for future growth rate of industrial production at 3 to 18 months forecasting horizon, both in- and out-of-sample. Finally, a regime-switching estimation shows that the systematic risk component is also able to capture "industrial production business cycle" well.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/158

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451857580/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1582001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

62

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