An intertemporally-consistent and arbitrage-free version of the Nelson and Siegel class of yield curve models
Krippner, L. (2005). An intertemporally-consistent and arbitrage-free version of the Nelson and Siegel class of yield curve models. (Department of Economics Working Paper Series, Number 1/05). Hamilton, New Zealand: University of Waikato.
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This article derives a generic, intertemporally-consistent, and arbitrage-free version of the popular class of yield curve models originally introduced by Nelson and Siegel (1987). The derived model has a theoretical foundation (conferred via the Heath, Jarrow and Morton (1992) framework) that allows it to be used in applications that involve an implicit or explicit time-series context. As an example of the potentialapplication of the model, the intertemporal consistency is exploited to derive a theoretical time-series process that may be used to forecast the yield curve. The empirical application of the forecasting framework to United States data results in out-of-sample forecasts that outperform the random walk over a sample period of almost 50 years, for forecast horizons ranging from six months to three years.
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