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Interpreting the Term Structure of Interbank Rates in Hong Kong

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  • Stefan Gerlach

    (Hong Kong Monetary Authority)

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This paper studies the term structure of short-term interbank rates in Hong Kong. Principal components analysis suggests that the variation of the term structure can be largely attributed to two components which capture shifts in the level and slope of the yield curve. We find that term spreads contain no information about future short-term rates. The Expectations Hypothesis, which states that long-term rates depend on expected future short-term rates plus a constant term premium, is also soundly rejected by the data. However, we are unable to reject a modified version of the EH that incorporates timevarying term premia.

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Paper provided by Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research in its series Working Papers with number 142001.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2001
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Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:142001

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Keywords: term structure of interest rates; expectations hypothesis; Hong Kong;

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  3. Suzan Hol, 2006. "Determinants of long-term interest rates in the Scandinavian countries," Discussion Papers 469, Research Department of Statistics Norway.
  4. Tabak, Benjamin M. & Serra, Thiago R. & Cajueiro, Daniel O., 2009. "The expectation hypothesis of interest rates and network theory: The case of Brazil," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 388(7), pages 1137-1149.

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