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Information in the Yield Curve: A Macro-Finance Approach

  • Dewachter, Hans
  • Iania, Leonardo
  • Lyrio, Marco

We use a macro-finance model, incorporating macroeconomic and financial factors, to study the term premium in the U.S. bond market. Estimating the model using Bayesian techniques, we find that a single factor explains most of the variation in bond risk premiums. Furthermore, the model-implied risk premiums account for up to 40% of the variability of one- and two-year excess returns. Using the model to decompose yield spreads into an expectations and a term premium component, we find that, although this decomposition does not seem important to forecast economic activity, it is crucial to forecast inflation for most forecasting horizons.

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Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ibm:ibmecp:wpe_230
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