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Statistical arbitrage in the U.S. treasury futures market

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  • Dare, Wale

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We argue empirically that the U.S. treasury futures market is informational inefficient. We show that an intraday strategy based on the assumption of cointegrated treasury futures prices earns statistically significant excess return over the equally weighted portfolio of treasury futures. We also provide empirical backing for the claim that the same strategy, financed by taking a short position in the 2-Year treasury futures contract, gives rise to a statistical arbitrage.

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  • Dare, Wale, 2017. "Statistical arbitrage in the U.S. treasury futures market," Economics Working Paper Series 1716, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
  • Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2017:16
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    Keywords

    Market efficiency; U.S. treasury futures; statistical arbitrage; joint-hypothesis;

    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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