The effectiveness of interest-rate futures contracts for hedging Japanese bonds of different credit quality and duration

Martin Young, Warren Hogan, Jonathan Batten*

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Abstract

This study investigates the effectiveness of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE)-traded Japanese 10-year JGB futures contract to hedge portfolios of Japanese bonds of differing maturity and credit quality. The bond portfolios examined are Government, AAA-, and AA-rated Eurobonds with maturities of 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, and 20 years. Consistent with the recent literature, the study employs univariate methods for calculating hedge ratios based on levels, first differences, and percentage change of each series. Out-of-sample forecasting is used to determine the effectiveness of the calculated hedge ratios for each of the bond portfolios and to determine which approach to calculating hedge ratios is the most effective. The results show that this particular futures contract does provide a good hedge, particularly for those bond terms closest to the 10-year term of the contract. There is some evidence, although not strong, that JGBs are better hedged than AAA and AA bonds. Investors should take some caution when using this futures contract to hedge bond portfolios of different maturities and credit ratings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-25
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Review of Financial Analysis
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2004

Keywords

  • Debt futures contracts
  • Hedge ratios
  • Japanese bonds

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