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Term Structure Analysis with Big Data

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  • Martin M. Andreasen
  • Jens H. E. Christensen
  • Glenn D. Rudebusch

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Analysis of the term structure of interest rates almost always takes a two-step approach. First, actual bond prices are summarized by interpolated synthetic zero-coupon yields, and second, a small set of these yields are used as the source data for further empirical examination. In contrast, we consider the advantages of a one-step approach that directly analyzes the universe of bond prices. To illustrate the feasibility and desirability of the onestep approach, we compare arbitrage-free dynamic term structure models estimated using both approaches. We also provide a simulation study showing that a one-step approach can extract the information in large panels of bond prices and avoid any arbitrary noise introduced from a first-stage interpolation of yields.

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  • Martin M. Andreasen & Jens H. E. Christensen & Glenn D. Rudebusch, 2017. "Term Structure Analysis with Big Data," Working Paper Series 2017-21, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfwp:2017-21
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    • C55 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Large Data Sets: Modeling and Analysis
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation

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