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Forecasting government bond spreads with heuristic models: evidence from the Eurozone periphery

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  • Filipa Fernandes

    (Coventry University)

  • Charalampos Stasinakis

    (University of Glasgow)

  • Zivile Zekaite

    (University of Glasgow)

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This study investigates the predictability of European long-term government bond spreads through the application of heuristic and metaheuristic support vector regression (SVR) hybrid structures. Genetic, krill herd and sine–cosine algorithms are applied to the parameterization process of the SVR and locally weighted SVR (LSVR) methods. The inputs of the SVR models are selected from a large pool of linear and non-linear individual predictors. The statistical performance of the main models is evaluated against a random walk, an Autoregressive Moving Average, the best individual prediction model and the traditional SVR and LSVR structures. All models are applied to forecast daily and weekly government bond spreads of Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain over the sample period 2000–2017. The results show that the sine–cosine LSVR is outperforming its counterparts in terms of statistical accuracy, while metaheuristic approaches seem to benefit the parameterization process more than the heuristic ones.

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  • Filipa Fernandes & Charalampos Stasinakis & Zivile Zekaite, 2019. "Forecasting government bond spreads with heuristic models: evidence from the Eurozone periphery," Annals of Operations Research, Springer, vol. 282(1), pages 87-118, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:annopr:v:282:y:2019:i:1:d:10.1007_s10479-018-2808-0
    DOI: 10.1007/s10479-018-2808-0
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