Vol. 16, No. 2, 2018
Ronen Israel, Diogo Palhares and Scott Richardson
We find that four well-known characteristics (carry, defensive, momentum, and value) explain a significant portion of the cross-sectional variation in corporate bond excess returns. These characteristics have positive risk-adjusted expected returns and are not subsumed by traditional market premia or respective equity anomalies. The returns are economically significant, not explained by macroeconomic exposures, and there is some evidence that mispricing plays a role, especially for momentum.