Unspanned Global Macro Risks in Bond Returns
forthcoming in Management Science
51 Pages Posted: 30 Jan 2014 Last revised: 31 Aug 2020
Date Written: August 1, 2016
This paper examines the macro-spanning hypothesis for bond returns in international markets. Based on a large panel of real-time macro variables that are not subject to revisions, we
find that global macro factors have predictive power for bond returns unspanned by yield factors.
Furthermore, we estimate macro-finance term structure models (MTSMs) with the unspanned
global macro factors and find that the global macro factors influence the market prices of level
and slope risks and induce co-movements in forward term premia in global bond markets.
Keywords: Bond risk premia, global economic factor, real-time macroeconomic factors, return predictability, unspanning puzzle.
JEL Classification: G1, E4, F3
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