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Dynamics of Interest Rate Curve by Functional Auto-Regression


  • Vladislav Kargin

    (Cornerstone Research)

  • Alexei Onatski

    (Columbia University)


The paper uses functional auto-regression to predict the dynamics of interest rate curve. It estimates the auto-regressive operator by extending methods of the reduced-rank auto-regression to the functional data. Such an estimation technique is better suited for prediction purposes as opposed to the methods based either on principal components or canonical correlations. The consistency of the estimator is proved using methods of operator theory. The estimation method is used to analyze dynamics of Eurodollar futures rates. The results suggest that future movements of interest rates are predictable at 1-year horizons.

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  • Vladislav Kargin & Alexei Onatski, 2004. "Dynamics of Interest Rate Curve by Functional Auto-Regression," Macroeconomics 0404008, EconWPA, revised 28 Oct 2004.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpma:0404008 Note: Type of Document - pdf; pages: 22

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    1. Heath, David & Jarrow, Robert & Morton, Andrew, 1990. "Bond Pricing and the Term Structure of Interest Rates: A Discrete Time Approximation," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Cambridge University Press, vol. 25(04), pages 419-440, December.
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    functional data analysis; term structure; principal components; canonical correlations; singular value decomposition;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects

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