Risk-Free Interest Rates

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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

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Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

van Binsbergen, Jules H. and Diamond, William and Grotteria, Marco, Risk-Free Interest Rates (August 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26138, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3435957

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