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Estimating the Volatility Structure of an Arbitrage-Free Interest Rate Model Via the Futures Markets

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  • Ram Bhar

    (School of Banking & Finance, University of New South Wales)

  • Carl Chiarella

    (School of Finance & Economics, University of Technology, Sydney)

  • Thuy-Duong To

    (School of Finance & Economics, University of Technology, Sydney)

Abstract

This paper considers a class of Heath-Jarrow-Morton (1992) term structure models, characterized by time deterministic volatilities for the instantaneous forward rate. The bias that arises from using observed futures yields as a proxy for the unobserved instantaneous forward rate is analyzed. The fact that futures contracts can be viewed as derivative instruments on the forward rate is used to determine the likelihood function for futures prices. The likelihood transformation method of Duan (1994) is then used to obtain the full information maximum likelihood estimator for the observable futures prices. The approach is applied to estimate the volatility structure implied by futures contracts traded on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

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  • Ram Bhar & Carl Chiarella & Thuy-Duong To, 2004. "Estimating the Volatility Structure of an Arbitrage-Free Interest Rate Model Via the Futures Markets," Finance 0409003, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0409003
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    1. Thuy-Duong To, 2004. "A Note on the Bias of using Futures Rates as a Proxy for the Instantaneous Forward Rate," Research Paper Series 149, Quantitative Finance Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney.

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    Keywords

    Term structure; Heath-Jarrow-Morton; Yield curve; Forward rate volatility function; Estimation bias; FIML; Likelihood transformation; Futures contracts;

    JEL classification:

    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing

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