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Traditional and Alternative Factors in Investment Grade Corporate Bond Investing

Published March 11, 2019

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Abstract


While the concept of factor investing has gained significant traction since the 2000s with the consequence of altering the landscape of equity investing, factor investing in fixed income remains in its infancy. Debate remains over whether alternative risk factors in the bond space - as defined in academic literature - capture genuine risk sources, or whether they are only a repackaging of traditional bond risks.
By amending specifications for new alternative risk factors (value, momentum, low volatility and size) in the corporate investment grade bond market and integrating them alongside traditional risk factors into a multi-factor framework, Amundi has developed a unique approach to factor investing.

Our findings show that our alternative risk factors value and momentum are relevant to explain the return of euro-denominated and U.S. dollar-denominated investment grade corporate bond returns over the period 2003-2018.

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