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Analyzing interest rate risk: Stochastic volatility in the term structure of government bond yields

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  • Hautsch, Nikolaus
  • Ou, Yangguoyi

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We propose a Nelson–Siegel type interest rate term structure model where the underlying yield factors follow autoregressive processes with stochastic volatility. The factor volatilities parsimoniously capture risk inherent to the term structure and are associated with the time-varying uncertainty of the yield curve’s level, slope and curvature. Estimating the model based on US government bond yields applying Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques we find that the factor volatilities follow highly persistent processes. We show that yield factors and factor volatilities are closely related to macroeconomic state variables as well as the conditional variances thereof.

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  • Hautsch, Nikolaus & Ou, Yangguoyi, 2012. "Analyzing interest rate risk: Stochastic volatility in the term structure of government bond yields," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(11), pages 2988-3007.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:36:y:2012:i:11:p:2988-3007
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2012.06.020
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    Keywords

    Term structure modeling; Yield curve risk; Stochastic volatility; Factor models; Macroeconomic fundamentals;

    JEL classification:

    • C5 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets

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