Term Structures of Asset Prices and Returns

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David K. Backus

NYU Stern School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Nina Boyarchenko

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Mikhail Chernov

UCLA Anderson

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Date Written: 2016-04-01


We explore the term structures of claims to a variety of cash flows: U.S. government bonds (claims to dollars), foreign government bonds (claims to foreign currency), inflation-adjusted bonds (claims to the price index), and equity (claims to future equity indexes or dividends). Average term structures reflect the dynamics of the dollar pricing kernel, of cash flow growth, and of their interaction. We use simple models to illustrate how relationships between the two components can deliver term structures with a wide range of levels and shapes.

Keywords: entropy, coentropy, term structure, yields, excess returns

JEL Classification: G12, G13

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Backus, David K. and Boyarchenko, Nina and Chernov, Mikhail, Term Structures of Asset Prices and Returns (2016-04-01). FRB of NY Staff Report No. 774. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2764127

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