Too Big to Ignore? Hedge Fund Flows and Bond Yields

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This paper investigates the information content of aggregate hedge fund flow and its predictive power with respect to bond yields. Using a sample of 9,725 hedge funds from 1994 to 2012, we find that fund flow is negatively related to the changes in 10-year Treasury and Moody’s Baa bond yields one month ahead. The relation is still pronounced after controlling for other determinants of yield changes, including the amount of arbitrage capital available in the economy, suggesting a non-trivial effect of flow-induced hedge fund trading on bond yields. Flow impact on corporate bonds is further amplified during periods of decreasing market liquidity, consistent with a fire-sale hypothesis. Hedge fund flow also predicts convergence between constant maturity swap rate and constant maturity Treasury rate, as well as between the TIPS and Treasury bond yields, suggesting that hedge funds exploit arbitrage opportunities in these fixed-income markets.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberJBF5271
JournalJournal of Banking and Finance
Early online date27 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Hedge funds
  • Flows
  • Bond yields


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