Risk Management with Derivatives by Dealers and Market Quality in Government Bond Markets

  • Author(s): Narayan Y. Naik, Pradeep K. Yadav
  • Published: Sep 11, 2003
  • Pages: 1873-1904
  • DOI: 10.1111/1540-6261.00591


This paper investigates how bond dealers manage core business risk with interest rate futures and the extent to which market quality is affected by their selective risk taking. We observe that dealers use futures to take directional bets and hedge changes in their spot exposure. We find that, cross‐sectionally, a dealer with longer (shorter) risk exposure sells (buys) a larger amount of exposure the next day. However, this risk control takes place via the futures market and not the spot market. Finally, we find strong support for the price effects of capital constraints emphasized by Froot and Stein (1998).

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