Forecasting the Australian Yield Curve
Australasian Journal of Applied Finance, Issue 3, 2019
12 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2020
Date Written: July 31, 2019
We apply a number of forecasting models to Australian Government Bond yields. All methods rely solely on the history of yields. Consistent with findings from US Treasury data, we show that the simplest forecasting models across all maturities and forecasting horizons are also generally the best: the forward yield (when available) and the random walk model. Models with more structure — e.g. principal components and Bayesian vector autoregression — can help forecast overnight yields at very short horizons, but provide little or no improvement in other cases.
Keywords: forecasting, term structure, Australian government bonds
JEL Classification: C58, G12
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