Speculation and the Bond Market: An Empirical No-Arbitrage Framework

55 Pages Posted: 17 Jul 2012 Last revised: 13 Apr 2017

Francisco Barillas

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Kristoffer P. Nimark

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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Date Written: April 13, 2017

Abstract

An affine no-arbitrage asset pricing framework is developed that allows for agents to have rational but heterogeneous expectations. The framework can match both bond yields and the observed dispersion of yield expectations in survey data. heterogeneous information introduces a speculative component in bond prices that (i) is statistically distinct from classical components such as risk-premia and expectations about future short rates and (ii) quantitatively important, at times accounting for up to 125 basis points of US yields. Allowing for heterogeneous expectations also changes the estimated relative importance of risk-premia and expectations about future short rates in historical bond yields compared to a standard affine model. The framework imposes weaker restrictions than existing heterogeneous information asset pricing models and is thus well-suited to empirically quantify the importance of relaxing the common information assumption.

Keywords: Asset Pricing Theory, Private Information, Term Sturcture of Interest Rates

JEL Classification: G12, E43

Suggested Citation

Barillas, Francisco and Nimark, Kristoffer P., Speculation and the Bond Market: An Empirical No-Arbitrage Framework (April 13, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2109721 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2109721

Francisco Barillas (Contact Author)

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

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Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States

Kristoffer P. Nimark

Universitat Pompeu Fabra ( email )

Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
Barcelona, E-08005
Spain

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