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An arbitrage-free generalized Nelson--Siegel term structure model

  • Jens H. E. Christensen
  • Francis X. Diebold
  • Glenn D. Rudebusch

The Svensson generalization of the popular Nelson--Siegel term structure model is widely used by practitioners and central banks. Unfortunately, like the original Nelson--Siegel specification, this generalization, in its dynamic form, does not enforce arbitrage-free consistency over time. Indeed, we show that the factor loadings of the Svensson generalization cannot be obtained in a standard finance arbitrage-free affine term structure representation. Therefore, we introduce a closely related generalized Nelson--Siegel model on which the no-arbitrage condition can be imposed. We estimate this new AFGNS model and demonstrate its tractability and good in-sample fit. Copyright The Author(s). Journal compilation Royal Economic Society 2009

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal Econometrics Journal.

Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
Issue (Month): 3 (November)
Pages: C33-C64

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Handle: RePEc:ect:emjrnl:v:12:y:2009:i:3:p:c33-c64
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