The Volatility of the Instantaneous Spot Interest Rate Implied by Arbitrage Pricing - A Dynamic Bayesian Approach
This paper considers the estimation of the volatility of the instantaneous short interest rate from a new perspective. Rather than using discretely compounded market rates as a proxy for the instantaneous short rate of interest, we derive a relationship between observed LIBOR rates and certain unobserved instantaneous forward rates. We determine the stochastic dynamics for these rates under the risk- neutral measure and propose a filtering estimation algorithm for a time- discretised version of the resulting interest rate dynamics based on dynamic Bayesian updating. The method is applied to US Treasury rates of various maturities and is found to give a reasonable model fit.
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