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Dynamics of Interest Rate Curve by Functional Auto-regression

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  • Alexei Onatski
  • Slava Kargin

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The paper applies methods of functional data analysis – functional auto-regression, principal components and canonical correlations – to the study of the dynamics of interest rate curve. In addition, it introduces a novel statistical tool based on the singular value decomposition of the functional cross-covariance operator. This tool is better suited for prediction purposes as opposed to either principal components or canonical correlations. Based on this tool, the paper provides a consistent method for estimating the functional auto-regression of interest rate curve. The theory is applied to estimating dynamics of Eurodollar futures rates. The results suggest that future movements of interest rates are predictable only at very short and very long horizons

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 North American Summer Meetings with number 229.

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Date of creation: 11 Aug 2004
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Keywords: Functional auto-regression; term structure dynamics; principal components; canonical correlations; singular value decomposition;

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