Trading strategies with implied forward credit default swap spreads

Leccadito, A, Tunaru, RS & Urga, G. (2015). Trading strategies with implied forward credit default swap spreads. Journal of Banking &Finance, 58, pp. 361-375. doi: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.04.018

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Credit default risk for an obligor can be hedged with either a credit de fault swap (CDS) or a constant maturity credit default swap (CMCDS). We find strong evidence of persistent differences in the hedging cost associated with the two comparable contracts. Between 2001 and 2006, it would have been more profitable to sell CDS and buy CMCDS while after the crisis between 2008 and 2013 the opposite strategy was profitable. Panel data tests indicate that for our sample period the implied forward CDS rates are unbiased estimates of future spot CDS rates. The changes in the company implied volatility is the main determinant of trading inefficiencies, followed by the changes in GDP and in the interest rates before the crisis, and the changes in sentiment index and in the VIX after the crisis.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2015, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Uncontrolled Keywords: Statistical arbitrage; Forward credit spreads; Convexity adjustment; Forward rate unbiasedness hypothesis; Panel data
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Finance

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