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An Empirical Comparison of Forward-Rate and Spot-Rate Models for Valuing Interest-Rate Options


  • Wolfgang Bühler

    (University of Mannheim, Germany,)

  • Marliese Uhrig-Homburg

    (University of Mannheim, Germany,)

  • Ulrich Walter

    (Deutsche Genossenschaftsbank, Germany,)

  • Thomas Weber

    (Infinity Financial Technology, London)


Our main goal is to investigate the question of which interest-rate options valuation models are better suited to support the management of interest-rate risk. We use the German market to test seven spot-rate and forward-rate models with one and two factors for interest-rate warrants for the period from 1990 to 1993. We identify a one-factor forward-rate model and two spot-rate models with two factors that are not significantly outperformed by any of the other four models. Further rankings are possible if additional criteria are applied. Copyright The American Finance Association 1999.

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  • Wolfgang Bühler & Marliese Uhrig-Homburg & Ulrich Walter & Thomas Weber, 1999. "An Empirical Comparison of Forward-Rate and Spot-Rate Models for Valuing Interest-Rate Options," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 54(1), pages 269-305, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:54:y:1999:i:1:p:269-305

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