Return Predictability in Federal Funds Futures: Is it There?

38 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020

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Sigurd Steffensen

Danmarks Nationalbank (central bank of Denmark)

Date Written: April 29, 2020


This paper studies return predictability in federal funds futures. I show that over the period 1990 to 2018, predictor variables from the literature do not consistently outperform the expectations hypothesis when evaluated out-of-sample. Further, while forecasts from advanced forecasting methods such as Dynamic Model Averaging and Complete Subset Regressions are considerably more accurate than those from simple linear prediction models, they do not generate systematic economic value to investors. These results suggest that federal funds futures do not need adjustment for time-varying risk premia.

Keywords: Return Predictability, Forecasting, Federal Funds Futures, Dynamic Model Averaging, Complete Subset Regressions, Expectations Hypothesis, Monetary Policy

JEL Classification: E43, E47, C53, C58, G11, G12

Suggested Citation

Steffensen, Sigurd, Return Predictability in Federal Funds Futures: Is it There? (April 29, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Sigurd Steffensen (Contact Author)

Danmarks Nationalbank (central bank of Denmark) ( email )

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Copenhagen, 1093

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