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Alternative Term Structure Models for Reviewing Expectations Puzzles

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According to the expectations hypothesis, the forward rate is equal to the expected future short rate, an argument that is not supported by most empirical studies that demonstrate the existence of term premiums. An alternative arbitrage-free term structure model for reviewing the expectations hypothesis is presented and tractable expressions for time-varying term premiums are obtained. The model is constructed under the real-world probability measure and depends on two stochastic factors: the short rate and the market price of risk. The model suggests that for short maturities the short rate contribution determines the term premiums, while for longer maturities, the contribution of the market price of risk dominates.

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  • Christina Nikitopoulos-Sklibosios & Eckhard Platen, 2012. "Alternative Term Structure Models for Reviewing Expectations Puzzles," Research Paper Series 305, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.
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    expectations hypothesis; time-varying term premiums; real-world probability measure; market price of risk;

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    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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