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Interpreting the term structure of interbank rates in Hong Kong

  • Gerlach, Stefan

This Paper studies the term structure of short-term interbank rates in Hong Kong. Principal component analysis suggests that the variation of the term structure can be largely attributed to two components that capture shifts in the level and slope of the yield curve. We find that term spreads contain no information about future short-term rates. The Expectations Hypothesis, which states that long-term rates depend on expected future short-term rates plus a constant term premium, is also soundly rejected by the data. We are, however, unable to reject a modified version of the EH that incorporates time-varying term premia.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

Volume (Year): 11 (2003)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 593-609

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