In a paper produced as part of the research chair on “The Case for Inflation-Linked Corporate Bonds: Issuers’ and Investors’ Perspectives” at EDHEC-Risk Institute, supported by Rothschild & Cie, EDHEC-Risk researchers have provided a comprehensive analysis of the sources of added-value of corporate bonds for institutional investors.
The paper, “Analysing and Decomposing the Sources of Added-Value of Corporate Bonds within Institutional Investors’ Portfolios,” finds corporate bonds to be attractive additions to investors’ portfolios:
Introducing corporate bonds in performance-seeking portfolios (PSPs) typically generates positive benefits from an asset-liability management perspective since it will lead to substantial improvements in hedging benefits, which come at the cost of a less-than-proportional reduction in performance compared to equity-dominated portfolios.
Introducing corporate bonds in liability-hedging portfolios (LHPs) is also found to generate a positive impact on investor welfare since it leads to improvements in both hedging and performance benefits, especially for investors facing liabilities discounted using a credit spread adjustment.
In this context, investors may wish to assess whether a particular proportion of corporate bonds in each portfolio would lead to the highest level of welfare gains.
A copy of “Analysing and Decomposing the Sources of Added-Value of Corporate Bonds within Institutional Investors’ Portfolios” can be downloaded via the following link: