Do Long Interest Rates Ever Fall?
Advances in Financial Planning and Forecasting, 2008, Volume 3, Pages 21-36.
19 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2014
Date Written: March 1, 2006
Theoretical considerations in Dybvig, Ingersoll, and Ross (1996) lead them to conclude that long forward and zero-coupon rates can never fall. We examine this conjecture empirically using monthly U.S. Treasury STRIPS data over the period 1990-2000. Based on the Cox, Ingersoll, and Ross (1985) term structure model and a constant-drift adaptation of that model, we find that, contrary to predictions, implied long maturity zero-coupon rates did fall substantially during the last half of this period.
Keywords: Term Structure, Treasury STRIPS
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