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The information content of the term structure: evidence for Germany

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  • Stefan Gerlach

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This paper studies the usefulness of spreads between interest rates of different maturities as indicators of future inflation and real interest rates in , using monthly data starting in 1967: 1. The central results are twofold. First, the interest rate spreads considered contain considerable information about future changes in inflation, but no information about the time path of real interest rates. Second, the medium-term segment of the yield curve (spreads between 6 and 2 year rates, for instance) appears to be the most informative for future inflation. These results are similar to those obtained by Mishkin (1990b) and Jorion and Mishkin (1991).

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Paper provided by Bank for International Settlements in its series BIS Working Papers with number 29.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: Sep 1995
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Handle: RePEc:bis:biswps:29

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  1. Jorion, Philippe & Mishkin, Frederic, 1991. "A multicountry comparison of term-structure forecasts at long horizons," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 59-80, March.
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