New No-Arbitrage Conditions and the Term Structure of Interest Rate Futures
Annals of Finance, 2006
21 Pages Posted: 17 May 2006
Interest rate futures are basic securities and at the same time highly liquid traded objects. Despite this observation, most models of the term structure of interest rate assume forward rates as primary elements. The processes of futures prices are therefore endogenously determined in these models. In addition, in these models hedging strategies are based on forward and/or spot contracts and only to a limited extent on futures contracts.
Inspired by the market model approach of forward rates by Miltersen, Sandmann, and Sondermann (1997), the starting point of this paper is a model of futures prices. Using, as the input to the model, the prices of futures on interest related assets new no-arbitrage restrictions on the volatility structure are derived. Moreover, these restrictions turn out to prevent an application of a market model based on futures prices.
Keywords: No-arbitrage restrictions, term structure of interest rates, interest rate futures, change of measure
JEL Classification: G13
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