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The Information Contained in Forward Rates Movements in Chile

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  • Mauricio Larraín
  • Fernando Parro

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the information contained in the term structure of inflation-linked interest rates in Chile with respect to expected future interest rates. Using the present discounted value methodology developed by Campbell and Ammer (1993), we decompose excess returns on inflation-linked bonds of maturities from two to five years during the period 1999-2006 into news about future interest news and term premiums. According to the results, a large fraction of the variance of the unexpected returns (between 43% and 67%) can be attributed to term premiums, and therefore we should be careful in attributing movements in the forward curve exclusively to movements in the expected path of future interest rates.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Chile in its series Working Papers Central Bank of Chile with number 386.

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Handle: RePEc:chb:bcchwp:386

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