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Evaluating stochastic discount factors from term structure models


  • Farnsworth, Heber K.


This paper examines the feasibility of applying the stochastic discount factor methodology to fixed-income data using modern term structure models. Using this approach the researcher can examine returns on bond portfolios whose exact composition is unknown, as is often the case. This paper proposes an observable proxy for the SDF from continuous-time models and documents via Monte Carlo methods the properties of the GMM estimator based on using this proxy.

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  • Farnsworth, Heber K., 2009. "Evaluating stochastic discount factors from term structure models," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 16(5), pages 852-861, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:16:y:2009:i:5:p:852-861

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    1. Ayadi, Mohamed A. & Kryzanowski, Lawrence, 2011. "Fixed-income fund performance: Role of luck and ability in tail membership," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(3), pages 379-392, June.


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