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Modeling fixed income excess returns

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  • Basma Bekdache

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    (Wayne State University)

  • Christopher F. Baum

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    (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

Abstract

Excess returns earned in fixed-income markets have been modeled using the ARCH-M model of Engle et al. and its variants. We investigate whether the empirical evidence obtained from an ARCH-M type model is sensitive to the definition of the holding period (ranging from 5 days to 90 days) or to the choice of data used to compute excess returns (coupon or zero-coupon bonds). There is robust support for the inclusion of a term spread in a model of excess returns, while the significance of the in-mean term depends on characteristics of the underlying data.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 409.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 26 Jun 1998
Date of revision: 14 Apr 2000
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:409

Note: This paper was previously titled "Conditional heteroskedasticity models of excess returns: How robust are the results?"
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Keywords: GARCH models; excess returns; term premium;

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