The Bond Coupon’s Impact on Liquidity


Corporate bond investors are compensated for liquidity and counterparty risk in the yield received in excess of the credit premium and risk-free rate. This article shows that the liquidity premium as a hedge against uncertain future states is determined by the ratio of excess coupon payments after paying for credit protection to the capital gain realized after hedging interest rate risk. The liquidity premium increases with the time that investors must wait for compensation. The results suggest that the way in which investors receive compensation for liquidity risk is a more significant determinant of the liquidity premium than turnover.

The Journal of Fixed Income. 27 (4), 34-39
Stephen Rush
Sr Risk Quant

My research interests include Market Microstructure, Empirical Asset Pricing, and Investment Management