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Forecasting the yield curve for the Euro region


  • Tabak, B.M.
  • Sollaci, A.B.
  • Gomes, G.M.
  • Cajueiro, D.O.


This paper compares the forecast precision of the Functional Signal plus Noise (FSN), the Dynamic Nelson–Siegel (DL), and a random walk model. The empirical results suggest that both outperform the random walk at short horizons (one-month) and that the FSN model outperforms the DL at the one- and three-months forecasting horizon. The conclusions provided in this paper are important for policy makers, fixed income portfolio managers, financial institutions and academics.

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  • Tabak, B.M. & Sollaci, A.B. & Gomes, G.M. & Cajueiro, D.O., 2012. "Forecasting the yield curve for the Euro region," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 513-516.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:117:y:2012:i:2:p:513-516 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.05.056

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    European yield curve; Dynamic Nelson–Siegel; Functional signal plus noise; Forecasting; Term structure of interest rates;

    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates


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