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Forecasts of US Short-term Interest Rates: A Flexible Forecast Combination Approach

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  • Guidolin, Massimo
  • Timmermann, Allan G

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This paper develops a flexible approach to combine forecasts of future spot rates with forecasts from time-series models or macroeconomic variables. We find empirical evidence that accounting for both regimes in interest rate dynamics and combining forecasts from different models helps improve the out-of-sample forecasting performance for US short-term rates. Imposing restrictions from the expectations hypothesis on the forecasting model are found to help at long forecasting horizons.

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