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Investigating Excess Returns from Nominal Bonds

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  • Francis Breedon

    (Imperial College and Lehman Bros, London)

  • Jagjit S. Chadha

    (University of Cambridge)

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Estimated real returns on nominal bonds show excess returns of some 200 bp over their index--linked equivalent. This paper considers two possible explanations for this large difference. First, we assess the likely inflation risk premium by calibrating a model of optimal bond prices under uncertainty. Employing either of CRRA or Abel (1990) relative consumption utility function to derive the stochastic discount factor and covariation risk, we suggest that the inflation risk component of this excess return is unlikely to be much above 50 bp. Secondly, we find little evidence that these excess returns can be ascribed to consistent expectational errors in predicting inflation. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2003.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 65 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 73-90

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Handle: RePEc:bla:obuest:v:65:y:2003:i:1:p:73-90

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Cited by:
  1. Jagjit S. Chadha, 2012. "World Real Interest Rates: A Tale of Two Regimes," Studies in Economics 1205, Department of Economics, University of Kent.
  2. Kanas, Angelos, 2014. "Bond futures, inflation-indexed bonds, and inflation risk premium," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 28(C), pages 82-99.
  3. Peter S. Spiro, 2003. "Evidence on inflation expectations from Canadian real return bonds," Macroeconomics 0312004, EconWPA.

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