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Term Structure Forecasting of Government Bond Yields with Latent and Macroeconomic Factors: Does Macroeconomic Factors Imply Better Out-of-Sample Forecasts?

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  • Wali Ullah
  • Yoshihiko Tsukuda
  • Yasumasa Matsuda

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This study examines the role of macroeconomic and stock market variables in the dynamic Nelson-Siegel framework with the purpose of fitting and forecasting the term structure of interest rate. We find that incorporating the macroeconomic indicators in yield curve model leads to a better in-sample fit of the term structure. The out-of-sample predictability also improves significantly for all maturities for the short horizon forecasts, however regarding the longer horizons forecasts, the forecast performance of yields-macro and yields-only models is same for maturities beyond 5 years. The one-step state-space estimation approach employed to the yields-macro model produces accurate forecasts and outperforms the results of earlier related studies. Especially, the autocorrelation of the forecasts errors and in-sample residuals persistency across maturities, which is a common phenomenon in the statistical class of term structure models, can be reduced to a greater extent by inclusion of macroeconomic factors in the yield model.

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  • Wali Ullah & Yoshihiko Tsukuda & Yasumasa Matsuda, 2012. "Term Structure Forecasting of Government Bond Yields with Latent and Macroeconomic Factors: Does Macroeconomic Factors Imply Better Out-of-Sample Forecasts?," TERG Discussion Papers 287, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University.
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    1. Wali Ullah & Yasumasa Matsuda, 2014. "Generalized Nelson-Siegel Term Structure Model : Do the second slope and curvature factors improve the in-sample fit and out-of-sample forecast?," TERG Discussion Papers 312, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University.
    2. repec:spr:stmapp:v:26:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s10260-017-0378-y is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Wali Ullah & Yasumasa Matsuda, 2012. "Term Structure Modeling and Forecasting of Government Bond Yields : Does Macroeconomic Factors Imply Better Out-of-Sample Forecasts?," TERG Discussion Papers 304, Graduate School of Economics and Management, Tohoku University.
    4. Anthony H. Tu & Cathy Yi-Hsuan Chen, 2016. "What Derives the Bond Portfolio Value-at-Risk: Information Roles of Macroeconomic and Financial Stress Factors," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2016-006, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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