Are Analysts Right? Macroeconomic Factors and Regime Switching in the Term Structure of Interest Rates
43 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2008 Last revised: 14 Mar 2010
Date Written: February 15, 2008
The validity of analysts' beliefs that the dependence of bond prices on crude oil prices changes sign over time and that the overall economy performance is correlated with the slope of the yield curve is examined. These beliefs are mapped into the term structure of interest rates framework by allowing for regime switching in the term structure and by using crude oil prices and an overall economy performance index (CFNAI) as factors. Fitting is done using Gibbs sampling, which allows for fewer assumptions on the regime switching parameters than classical methods and, thus, provides a more flexible model. The predicted yields are calculated using the eigenfunction expansion method.
Keywords: Quadratic Term Structure Models, regime switching, inflation rates, oil prices, Gibbs sampling, eigenfunction expansion
JEL Classification: G12, C11, C63, Q49
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