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Adaptive Forecasting of the EURIBOR Swap Term Structure

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  • Oliver Blaskowitz
  • Helmut Herwatz

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In this paper we adopt a principal components analysis (PCA) to reduce the dimensionality of the term structure and employ autoregressive models (AR) to forecast principal components which, in turn, are used to forecast swap rates. Arguing in favor of structural variation, we propose data driven, adaptive model selection strategies based on the PCA/AR model. To evaluate ex-ante forecasting performance for particular rates, different forecast features such as mean squared errors, directional accuracy and big hit ability are considered. It turns out that relative to benchmark models, the adaptive approach offers additional forecast accuracy in terms of directional accuracy and big hit ability.

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Paper provided by Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in its series SFB 649 Discussion Papers with number SFB649DP2008-017.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Handle: RePEc:hum:wpaper:sfb649dp2008-017

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Keywords: Principal components; ex ante forecasting; EURIBOR swap rates; term structure; directional accuracy; big hit ability;

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Cited by:
  1. Blaskowitz, Oliver & Herwartz, Helmut, 2014. "Testing the value of directional forecasts in the presence of serial correlation," International Journal of Forecasting, Elsevier, vol. 30(1), pages 30-42.
  2. Oliver Blaskowitz & Helmut Herwartz, 2009. "On economic evaluation of directional forecasts," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2009-052, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
  3. Dauwe, Alexander & Moura, Marcelo L., 2011. "Forecasting the term structure of the Euro Market using Principal Component Analysis," Insper Working Papers wpe_233, Insper Working Paper, Insper Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa.

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