Ex Ante Bond Returns and the Yield Curve

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Boudoukh Jacob

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthew P. Richardson

Department of Finance, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

Tom Smith

University of Queensland - Faculty of Business, Economics and Law; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Robert Whitelaw

New York University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 1996

Abstract

We provide a test of the liquidity preference hypothesis (i.e., the monotonicity of ex ante term premiums), conditioning on the shape of the yield curve. The approach we use is general, and does not require a structural model for conditional expected returns. Using nonparametric estimates, the evidence supports previous conclusions in the literature regarding time-varying negative term premiums. For example, in periods in which the term structure is downward sloping, we find that the premiums can be significantly negative and are often monotonically decreasing in maturity. Interestingly, in these periods the volatility of the term premium is still increasing in maturity, indicating that bond return volatility is not a priced risk.

Suggested Citation

Jacob, Boudoukh and Richardson, Matthew P. and Smith, Tom M. and Whitelaw, Robert F., Ex Ante Bond Returns and the Yield Curve (March 1996). NYU Working Paper No. FIN-96-017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1297119

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