DEFINITION of 'Convertible Bond Arbitrage'

An arbitrage strategy that aims to capitalize on mispricing between a convertible bond and its underlying stock. The strategy is generally market neutral; in other words, the arbitrageur seeks to generate consistent returns with minimal volatility regardless of market direction through a combination of long and short positions in the convertible bond and underlying stock.

BREAKING DOWN 'Convertible Bond Arbitrage'

If the convertible bond is cheap or undervalued relative to the underlying stock, the arbitrageur will take a long position in the convertible bond and a simultaneous short position in the stock. Conversely, if the convertible bond is overpriced relative to the underlying stock, the arbitrageur will take a short position in the convertible bond and a simultaneous long position in the underlying stock.

The price of a convertible bond is especially sensitive to changes in interest rates, the price of the underlying stock, and the issuer's credit rating. Therefore, another type of convertible bond arbitrage involves buying a convertible bond and hedging two of the three factors so as to get exposure to the third factor at an attractive price.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Convertible Arbitrage

    A trading strategy that typically involves taking a long strategy ...
  2. Convertibles

    Securities, usually bonds or preferred shares, that can be converted ...
  3. Convertible Bond

    A bond that can be converted into a predetermined amount of the ...
  4. Convertible Hedge

    A trading strategy that consists of a long position in a company's ...
  5. Set-Up Hedge

    An arbitrage strategy involving a long position in a convertible ...
  6. Chinese Hedge

    A position that protects investors from risk, involving a short ...
Related Articles
  1. Investing

    Convertible Bonds: An Introduction

    Find out about the nuts and bolts, pros and cons of investing in bonds.
  2. Investing

    Why Include Convertible Securities in Your Portfolio

    What are convertible securities and why you should include them in your portfolio.
  3. Investing

    The Top 6 Convertible Bond Funds for 2016

    Take a look at convertible bond mutual funds that are well-positioned heading into 2016, and why investors might consider a convertible fund portfolio.
  4. Investing

    The Top 3 Convertible Bond ETFs for 2016 (CWB, ICVT)

    Obtain detailed information on the exchange-traded funds (ETFs) available for traders seeking ETF exposure to convertible bond investments.
  5. Investing

    The Wonders Of Convertible Bonds

    Ever wondered what exactly a convertible bond does? Read the features of a convertible bond and learn how important the conversion factor is to you as an investor.
  6. Investing

    CWB: SPDR Barclays Convertible Secs ETF

    Read an in-depth analysis of the SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible Bond ETF, which tracks an index of high-growth potential convertible bonds.
  7. Trading

    Why Is Arbitrage Trading Legal?

    Not only is arbitrage legal in the US and most developed countries, it can be beneficial to the overall health of a market.
  8. Managing Wealth

    The Mandatory Convertible: A "Must Have" For Your Portfolio?

    Mandatory convertibles are a little understood security with some distinct advantages. Find out if they are right for you.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What is the difference between convertible and reverse convertible bonds?

    The difference between a regular convertible bond and a reverse convertible bond is the options attached to the bond. While ... Read Answer >>
  2. What is a 'busted' convertible bond?

    Learn about busted convertible bonds; these are hybrid securities with conversion prices significantly higher than the market ... Read Answer >>
  3. Where does the stock come from when convertible bonds are converted to stock?

    First, let's define convertible bonds. A unique combination of debt and equity, they provide investors with the chance to ... Read Answer >>
  4. Why would a corporation issue convertible bonds?

    Discover how corporations issue convertible bonds to take advantage of much lower interest rates as a result of a conversion ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Free Cash Flow - FCF

    A measure of financial performance calculated as operating cash flow minus capital expenditures. Free cash flow (FCF) represents ...
  2. Leverage Ratio

    Any ratio used to calculate the financial leverage of a company to get an idea of the company's methods of financing or to ...
  3. Two And Twenty

    A type of compensation structure that hedge fund managers typically employ in which part of compensation is performance based. ...
  4. Market Capitalization

    The total dollar market value of all of a company's outstanding shares. Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying ...
  5. Expense Ratio

    A measure of what it costs an investment company to operate a mutual fund. An expense ratio is determined through an annual ...
  6. Mezzanine Financing

    A hybrid of debt and equity financing that is typically used to finance the expansion of existing companies. Mezzanine financing ...
Trading Center