An index-linked coupon bond is defined that pays coupons whose values are stochastic, depending on a market defined index. This is an asset class distinct from the existing coupon bonds. The index-linked coupon bond is an example of a sukuk, which is an instrument that implements one of the cornerstones of Islamic finance (Askari et al., 2012): that an investor must share in the risk of the issuer in order to earn profits from the investment. The index-linked coupon bond is defined using the mathematical framework of quantum finance (Baaquie, 2004, 2010). The coupons are stochastic, with the quantum of coupon payments depending on a publicly traded index that is chosen to reflect the primary drivers of the revenues of the issuer of the bond. The index ensures there is information symmetry; regarding the quantum of coupon being paid; between issuer and investor. The dependence of the coupon on the index is designed so that the variation of the index mirrors the changing fortunes of the issuer, with the coupon’s quantum increasing for increasing values of the index and conversely, decreasing with a fall of the index.
Index-linked coupon bonds, Stochastice coupons, Quantum finance
Baaquie, Belal E. (2018). Bonds with index-linked stochastic coupons in quantum finance. Physica A, 499, pp. 148-169.