Financial Markets and Portfolio Management

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 271–298 | Cite as

Are economically significant bond returns explained by corporate news? An examination of the German corporate bond market

  • Steve JannerEmail author
  • Daniel Schmidt


We examine the association between bond prices and corporate news for firms listed in the prime segment of the German stock market. Focusing on economically significant bond returns, we provide an overview of the various news categories that influence bond investors in their assessment of an issuer’s default risk. This approach allows us to draw direct comparisons with respect to size and time of impact. We find that (1) there is a strong relationship between economically significant changes in bond prices and corporate news, (2) earnings announcements and financing issues prevail in our analyses, and (3) on average, around half the significant bond returns occur within a period of one day before to one day after an event. This proportion is considerably small compared to the findings of related studies on the stock market. We also carry out a conventional event study analysis as an alternative approach to our main analysis.


Bond market Abnormal return News Event study 

JEL Classification

G12 G14 



The authors thank Frank Schmielewski and the team of RC Banken GmbH & Co. KG for the kind provision of data, as well as Prof. Dr. Heinrich Degenhart, Prof. Dr. Andrea Schertler, Prof. Dr. Thomas Wein, Sven Bockelmann, Moritz Denkewitz, Inge Nehring, Sebastian Neuring, and Saskia Störch. Any errors found in this text are entirely imputable to the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leuphana University of LüneburgLüneburgGermany

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