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Tips from TIPS: the informational content of Treasury Inflation-Protected Security prices

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  • D'Amico, Stefania

    () (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)

  • Kim, Don H.

    () (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.))

  • Wei, Min

    () (Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.))

Abstract

Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are frequently thought of as risk-free real bonds. Using no-arbitrage term structure models, we show that TIPS yields exceeded risk-free real yields by as much as 100 basis points when TIPS were first issued and up to 300 basis points during the recent financial crisis. This spread reflects predominantly the poorer liquidity of TIPS relative to nominal Treasury securities. Other factors, including the indexation lag and the embedded deflation protection in TIPS, play a much smaller role. Ignoring this spread also significantly distorts the informational content of TIPS breakeven inflation, a widely-used proxy for expected inflation.

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  • D'Amico, Stefania & Kim, Don H. & Wei, Min, 2014. "Tips from TIPS: the informational content of Treasury Inflation-Protected Security prices," Finance and Economics Discussion Series 2014-24, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (US), revised 19 Feb 2016.
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    Keywords

    TIPS; Breakeven; No-arbitrage term structure model; Liquidity; Expected inflation; Inflation risk premium; Survey forecasts; Indexation lag; Deflation floor;

    JEL classification:

    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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