Systematic credit risk and pricing for fixed income instruments

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Journal Article
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Journal of Fixed Income, 2016, 26 (1), pp. 42 - 60
Issue Date:
2016-06-01
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© 2015 Institutional Investor LLC. All Rights Reserved. This article analyzes the sensitivity to systematic credit risk and pricing in fixed income instruments and compares corporate bonds and asset securitizations. The article finds crosssectional variation of systematic credit risk given the same credit rating and a market premium for the systematic risk embedded in yield spreads. Therefore, credit ratings do not provide comprehensive information on the degree of systematic risk, and investors are compensated for such differences in systematic risk after controlling for credit ratings and other risk characteristics.
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