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Interest Rate Term Structure in Latvia in the Monetary Policy Context

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  • Jelena Zubkova
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    This paper examines applicability of various models of the yield curve construction to the Latvian money and government securities markets, and analyses the information content implied in the yield curve. The rejection of hypothesis about the existence of a zero risk premium leads to an inference that forward rates in general do not ensure unbiased forecasts of spot rates, and the pure interest rate expectations theory cannot be applied in interest rate forecasting. Long-term interest rates contain a risk premium that is other than zero. This conforms well with the results obtained from studies conducted on the financial markets of developed countries.

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    Paper provided by Latvijas Banka in its series Working Papers with number 2003/03.

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    Date of creation: 09 Dec 2003
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