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Journal of Asset Management

, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp 280–294 | Cite as

A fundamental bond index including solvency criteria

  • Marielle de Jong
  • Lauren Stagnol
Original Article

Abstract

Doubts are rising whether bond indices, in the way they are constructed, are effective in their role of representing the markets they are designed for. Since index constituents are defined on market shares – the larger the debt obligation, the larger the share in the index – it may be that certain risks related to a high level of indebtedness are being accentuated which are not necessarily representative for the market as a whole. Undue debt levels would in theory not arise in an information-efficient market, however, if prices are distorted and do not convey information efficiently, it makes sense to compensate for that and integrate elementary information on the debt issuers into the index construction process. We test how that works out on corporate bonds. We build an index that is based on firm accounting data rather than debt size, and give evidence that it serves as a market proxy.

Keywords

fundamental indexing alternative corporate bond index solvency criteria market efficiency 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Valérie Mignon, Frédéric Lepetit, Valentine Ainouz and Bruce Phelps for their valuable suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La DéfenseNanterre

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