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Does the Failure of the Expectations Hypothesis Matter for Long-Term Investors?

  • ANTONIOS SANGVINATSOS
  • JESSICA A. WACHTER

We solve the portfolio problem of a long-run investor when the term structure is Gaussian and when the investor has access to nominal bonds and stock. We apply our method to a three-factor model that captures the failure of the expectations hypothesis. We extend this model to account for time-varying expected inflation, and estimate the model with both inflation and term structure data. The estimates imply that the bond portfolio of a long-run investor looks very different from the portfolio of a mean-variance optimizer. In particular, time-varying term premia generate large hedging demands for long-term bonds. Copyright 2005 by The American Finance Association.

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Volume (Year): 60 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 179-230

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