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The fitting of the German yield curve: A dynamic approach using latent, macroeconomic and stock market variables

Author(s): Almeida, José Pedro Abreu

Date: 2010

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Yield curve; State-space model; Macroeconomy; Stock market


The purpose of this Work Project is to build a yield curve model for the German Government yield curve containing latent variables (Level, Slope and Curvature), macroeconomic variables (German IFO and Inflation Rate) and a stock market variable (German Stock Index DAX), while studying the yield curve dynamics. The model incorporates the Nelson and Siegel (1987) factor model under a State-Space framework and the estimation results provided a good fitting of the historical yield curve. Additionally, after doing a Variance Decomposition analysis, this project proves the existence of an interaction between the yield curve and the German Macroeconomy/Stock Market.

A Work Project, presented as part of the requirements for the Award of a Masters Degree in Finance from the NOVA – School of Business and Economics

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Leiria, Paulo
Contributor(s) Almeida, José Pedro Abreu
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