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Systematic Credit Investing

This paper aims to increase familiarity of the credit asset class and provide an overview of our approach to systematic credit investing. We introduce credit instruments and outline a framework for understanding sources of credit excess returns.

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Discretionary Disclosure: A Note

Much work has been devoted to studying optimal levels of discretionary corporate disclosures, a topic of particular interest since electronic communication has dramatically lowered the cost of sharing information once printed and mailed to each shareholder.

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The Relation Between Corporate Financing Activities, Analysts’ Forecasts and Stock Returns

This paper looks at the negative relation between external financing activities and future stock returns.

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The Credit Risk Premium

Using data spanning 80 years in the U.S. and nearly 20 years in Europe, the authors of this paper find what they characterize as strong evidence of credit risk premium after correctly adjusting for term risk.

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Fees Paid to Audit Firms, Accrual Choices and Corporate Governance

Research has shown that auditors’ tolerance for aggressive corporate accounting is correlated with the amount of fees the corporate client pays to the auditor for both audit and non-audit services.

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What Makes Stock Prices Move? Fundamentals vs. Investor Recognition

Behavioral finance research documents that investors are more likely to hold “attention grabbing” stocks —those of firms that currently have popular products and services, such as Apple and Pandora.

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Why Are Earnings Kinky? An Examination of the Earnings Management Explanation

An empirical regularity documented by Hayn (1995) is that there is a ‘‘kink’’ in the earnings distribution: too few firms report small losses and too many firms report small profits.

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Common Factors in Corporate Bond and Bond Fund Returns

This paper undertakes a comprehensive analysis of cross-sectional determinants of corporate bond excess returns. We find strong evidence of positive risk-adjusted returns to measures of carry, defensive, momentum and value.

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Overinvestment of Free Cash Flow

This paper focuses on using accounting information to better explain the relationship between free cash flow and overinvestment.

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Corporate Governance, Accounting Outcomes and Organizational Performance

The purpose of this paper is to start the process of developing reliable and valid measures to assess how corporate governance affects corporate performance.