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The US Economy, the Treasury Bond Market and the Specification of Macro-Finance Models

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This paper addresses questions about the structure of the economy and financial markets raised by recent research on the term structure. The work of Duffee (2012) and Joslin, Preibsch and Singleton (2012) suggests that macroeconomic variables affect risk premia rather than bond yields, which are driven by just three factors as in the traditional model. This is consistent with the observation that the real world macro-dynamics appear to be much richer than the risk neutral dynamics underpinning the term structure. On the other hand, Cochrane and Piazzesi (2005) and (2010) suggest that premia are much simpler, depending upon a single return forecasting factor but not macro variables. This paper suggests that the traditional model is too restrictive, performing poorly at the long end. A model with two return-forecasting factors works remarkably well.

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  • Peter Spencer, 2013. "The US Economy, the Treasury Bond Market and the Specification of Macro-Finance Models," Discussion Papers 13/22, Department of Economics, University of York.
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    Keywords

    Macro-finance; Kalman augmented VAR; term structure; interest rate expectations; risk premia;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C58 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Financial Econometrics
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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