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Characterizing the Brazilian Term Structure of Interest Rates

This paper studies the Brazilian term structure of interest rates and characterizes how the term premia has changed over time. We employ a Kalman filter approach, which is extended to take into account regime switches and overlapping forecasts errors. Empirical evidence suggests that term premia depends on international global liquidity and domestic factors such as the composition of public debt and inflation volatility. These results provide guidance for the formulation of fiscal and monetary policies.

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Paper provided by Central Bank of Brazil, Research Department in its series Working Papers Series with number 158.

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