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Estimating The Term Structure of Interest Rates: The Swiss Case

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  • Iwan Meier

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Parametric estimation approaches are widely by central banks as they produce smooth term structures with relatively few parameters. In the paper I implement the Nelson and Siegel (1987) model for Switzerland. The estimations use daily observations of Swiss government bonds from January 1994 to July 1998. To overcome the lack of sufficient data in the very short run, the 1-month and 1-year Euromarket rate are added. The knowledge of the dependencies of the term structure from the possible parameter constellations is used to calibrate the model for the Swiss market. The results show that the parameters are stable over time. The smooth shape and the stability over time make it a valuable tool for monetary policy.

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  • Iwan Meier, 1999. "Estimating The Term Structure of Interest Rates: The Swiss Case," Working Papers 99.06, Swiss National Bank, Study Center Gerzensee.
  • Handle: RePEc:szg:worpap:9906
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    1. Petra Gerlach-Kristen, 2007. "Three aspects of the Swiss term structure: an empirical survey," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer;Swiss Society for Financial Market Research, vol. 21(2), pages 221-240, June.
    2. Andraž, Grum, 2006. "Razvitost slovenskega trga dolžniškega kapitala in ocenitev krivulje donosnosti," MPRA Paper 4876, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    Term structure of interest rates; Interpolation;

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    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects

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