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Exploration of the Brazilian Term Structure in a Hidden Markov Framework

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  • Richard Munclinger

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We apply a hidden Markov model of the term structure to modeling the Brazilian swap rate curve. We examine the model's characteristics and its performance in describing the cross-sectional and time-series dynamics of the term structure. Two regimes are identified, a high level and a high volatility regime and a low level and low volatility regime. Both regimes are persistent and are explained by the level and the slope of the term structure. The model is estimated using a Bayesian MCM algorithm that produces consistent standard errors and a reliable method for testing the differences between the model parameters.

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  • Richard Munclinger, 2011. "Exploration of the Brazilian Term Structure in a Hidden Markov Framework," IMF Working Papers 11/22, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:11/22
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