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Implied Volatility Changes and Corporate Bond Returns

Cao, J., Goyal, A., Xiao, X. ORCID: 0000-0002-0564-9795 & Zhan, X. (2023). Implied Volatility Changes and Corporate Bond Returns. Management Science, 69(3), pp. 1375-1397. doi: 10.1287/mnsc.2022.4379


Corporate bonds with large increases in implied volatility over the past month underperform those with large decreases in implied volatility by 0.6% per month. In contrast to existing studies that show implied volatility changes carry information about fundamental news, our evidence suggests that implied volatility changes contain information about uncertainty shocks to the firm. Our results are consistent with the notion that informed traders with new information about firm risk prefer to trade in the option market and the corporate bond market underreacts to this information.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Corporate bonds, implied volatility changes, default risk, information diffusion
Departments: Bayes Business School > Finance
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