Distress Risk Premia In Stock And Bond Returns
Source: University of Arizona
This paper investigates whether the potential for rent extraction due to shareholders' strategic actions is reflected ex ante in stock and bond prices based on a joint study of stock and bond markets. The author documents that higher default probabilities are associated with higher yield spreads and bond returns but not with higher stock returns. Shareholder advantage has no significant effect on distress risk premia in stock or bond returns for firms with bonds outstanding. The author also finds that the negative relationship between distress risk and stock returns is more evident for firms with high trading costs and arbitrage risk.