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Gaussian estimation and forecasting of the U.K. yield curve with multi-factor continuous-time models

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In this paper we will estimate the term structure of daily U.K. interest rates using a range of more flexible continuous-time models. A multivariate framework is employed for the dynamic estimation and forecasting of four classic models over the eventful period of 2000–2013. The extensions are applied in two stages to four- and five-factor formulations, allowing us to assess the potential benefit of gradually increasing the model-flexibility. The Gaussian estimation methods for dynamic continuous-time models yield insightful comparative results concerning the two different segments of the yield curve, short- and long-term, respectively. In terms of in-sample performance the newly extended multi-factor general model is superior to all other restricted models. When compared to benchmark discrete-time models, the out-of-sample performance of the extended continuous-time models seems to be consistently superior with regards to the short-term segment of the yield curve.

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  • Tunaru, Diana, 2017. "Gaussian estimation and forecasting of the U.K. yield curve with multi-factor continuous-time models," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 119-129.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:52:y:2017:i:c:p:119-129
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2017.05.003
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