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Simulating convertible bond arbitrage portfolios

Mark Hutchinson and Liam Gallagher ()

Applied Financial Economics, 2008, vol. 18, issue 15, 1247-1262

Abstract: The recent growth in interest in convertible bond arbitrage (CBA) has predominantly come from the hedge fund industry. Past empirical evidence has shown that a CBA strategy generates positive monthly abnormal risk-adjusted returns. However, these studies have focused on hedge fund returns which exhibit instant history bias, selection bias, survivorship bias and smoothing. This article replicates the core underlying CBA strategy to generate an equally weighted and market capitalization daily CBA return series free of these biases, for the period 1990 through 2002. These daily series also capture important short-run price dynamics that previous studies have ignored.

Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1080/09603100701604217

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