Risk Free Interest Rates

74 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2018 Last revised: 4 Jan 2021

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Jules H. van Binsbergen

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

William Diamond

University of Pennsylvania - Finance Department

Marco Grotteria

London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: July 24, 2019


We estimate risk-free interest rates unaffected by convenience yields on safe assets. We infer them from risky asset prices without relying on any specific model of risk. We obtain a term structure of convenience yields with maturities up to 2.5 years at a minutely frequency. The convenience yield on treasuries equals about 40 basis points, is larger below 3 months maturity, and quadruples during the financial crisis. In high-frequency event studies, conventional and unconventional monetary stimulus reduce convenience yields, particularly during the crisis. We further study convenience-yield-free CIP deviations, and we show significant bond return predictability related to convenience yields.

Keywords: Demand for Safe Assets, Convenience Yield, Quantitative Easing, Monetary Policy

JEL Classification: E41, E43, E44, G12, G21

Suggested Citation

van Binsbergen, Jules H. and Diamond, William and Grotteria, Marco, Risk Free Interest Rates (July 24, 2019). Jacobs Levy Equity Management Center for Quantitative Financial Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3242836 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3242836

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