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Does realized volatility help bond yield density prediction?

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  • Minchul Shin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Molin Zhong

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

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    This paper examines the importance of realized volatility in bond yield density prediction. We incorporate realized volatility into a Dynamic Nelson-Siegel (DNS) model with stochastic volatility and evaluate its predictive performance on US bond yield data. When compared to popular specifications in the DNS literature without realized volatility, we find that having this information improves density forecasting performance.

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    Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 13-064.

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    Length: 48 pages
    Date of creation: 04 Nov 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:13-064

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    Keywords: Dynamic factor model; forecasting; stochastic volatility; term structure of interest rates;

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