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Lower borrowing costs with inflation-indexed bonds: A trading rule based assessment

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A simple trading rule invests in long-term bonds or the risk-free asset based on publicly observed economic variables. The results indicate a predictable inflation risk premium for conventional bonds but no ex-ante risk compensation for indexed bonds. This suggests the government can achieve lower funding costs by issuing indexed debt.

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  • Reschreiter, Andreas, 2008. "Lower borrowing costs with inflation-indexed bonds: A trading rule based assessment," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(2), pages 272-274, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:99:y:2008:i:2:p:272-274
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    1. Andreas Reschreiter, 2010. "Indexed bonds and revisions of inflation expectations," Annals of Finance, Springer, vol. 6(4), pages 537-554, October.
    2. Reschreiter, Andreas, 2011. "The effects of the monetary policy regime shift to inflation targeting on the real interest rate in the United Kingdom," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 754-759.
    3. Reschreiter, Andreas, 2011. "The effects of the monetary policy regime shift to inflation targeting on the real interest rate in the United Kingdom," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1-2), pages 754-759, January.
    4. Geert Bekaert & Xiaozheng Wang, 2010. "Inflation risk and the inflation risk premium," Economic Policy, CEPR;CES;MSH, vol. 25, pages 755-806, October.

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