انتظارات تورم درحال استخراج و خطر تورم مهمتر از ساختار مدت: مدل مشترک اسمی انگلیسی و منحنی های بازده واقعی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|22558||2010||14 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||11846 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Banking & Finance, Volume 34, Issue 2, February 2010, Pages 281–294
This paper analyses the UK interest rate term structure over the period since October 1992, when the United Kingdom adopted an explicit inflation target, using an affine term structure model estimated using both government bond yields and survey data. The model imposes no-arbitrage restrictions across nominal and real yields, which enables interest rates to be decomposed into expected real policy rates, expected inflation, real term premia and inflation risk premia. The model is used to shed light on major developments over the period, including the impact of Bank of England independence and the low real bond yield ‘conundrum’
The nominal and real interest rate term structures implied by UK government conventional and index-linked bonds can potentially provide monetary policy makers1 with a great deal of information about financial market expectations of both future interest rates and inflation. The nominal and real term structures embody market expectations of future nominal and real interest rates respectively, while the difference between the two – the inflation term structure – embodies information about inflation expectations. Extracting this information, however, is complicated by the fact that the interest rate term structure may also reflect inflation risk premia and real term premia.2 The main contribution of this paper is to estimate a joint model of the UK nominal and real term structures over the period that the United Kingdom has had an explicit inflation target, enabling us to decompose nominal forward rates into expected real policy (risk-free) rates, expected inflation, real term premia and inflation risk premia since October 1992. Although we are not the first to do so, there are surprisingly few previous papers that have estimated theoretically consistent term structure models using UK data on both index-linked and nominal bond yields. One earlier example is a paper by Gong et al. (1998), but the generalised CIR (Cox et al., 1985) model specification that they adopt is very restrictive and has been shown to fit term structure data poorly. Evans (2003) estimates an extended Vasicek (1977) model that incorporates Markov-switching regimes. But while that model allows term and inflation risk premia to vary over time according to three regimes, this set-up is still rather restrictive. An unpublished paper by Risa (2001), applies a more flexible essentially affine model, similar to our own, to modelling UK data from 1983 to 1999, but does not incorporate survey information on inflation expectations as we do (see discussion below). Moreover, given his sample period, Risa does not shed much light on the impact of Bank of England independence on the term structure of interest rates and does not analyse the reasons for the period of unusually low long-term real interest rates – christened the bond yield ‘conundrum’ by Greenspan (2005) – that began in 2004. Our proposed model is based on the so-called essentially affine class of term structure models (see, e.g., Duffee (2002)). The approach has two main elements. First, we assume that UK nominal and real bond markets are arbitrage free, so that it is not possible to make risk-free profits from trading combinations of real and/or nominal bonds.3 Second, we assume that bonds are priced by a stochastic discount factor (SDF) that takes a particularly flexible form, where the market price of risk is a linear function of the observable and unobservable factors in the model. A consequence of the second assumption, and the main implication of the essentially affine model, is that in our model bond prices, and thus yields, are linearly related to inflation and a small set of unobservable latent factors. We favour latent factors rather than macro-factors, partly because this approach has been shown to provide a better statistical fit of term structure data and partly because by taking an agnostic approach to the underlying factors driving yields the resulting model may be less prone to misspecification.4 We assume that two latent factors drive movements in expected real short rates and that the same two factors and two additional ones (one retail prices index (RPI) inflation, the other unobservable) drive the nominal curve and real term premia. An important feature of the model is that the same real SDF is assumed to price both real and nominal bond yields. To the extent that institutional investors have preferred habitats for index-linked bonds and demand/supply imbalances push prices away from fundamentals, this assumption may not be an accurate description of the real world. However, if the importance of demand/supply imbalances changes over time and is not a permanent feature, the ability of the model fit to various segments of the forward curve may enable us to identify the emergence of such non-fundamental or market segment-specific factors. Joyce et al. (2008) apply a similar essentially affine model to the UK real term structure in isolation, in order to investigate the emergence of unusually low long real interest rates during 2004–05. One disadvantage of applying the affine modelling framework purely to real yields is the lack of available shorter maturity index-linked bonds. In this paper, by including nominal bond yields and inflation in the model, we are able to derive model-based estimates of short-maturity real rates. Moreover, estimating a joint model provides a number of advantages because it ensures consistency between the two term structures by imposing no arbitrage across them. And by modelling the dynamics of inflation expectations as a function of the information that drives real interest rates, as well as nominal rates and inflation, we use current information in the whole term structure to extract measures of expected inflation and inflation premia. To reduce the possibility of encountering instability in term structure behaviour resulting from changes in the United Kingdom’s monetary framework, we limit our sample to the period since October 1992, during which the United Kingdom has operated an inflation target.5 However, this means there is potentially a small sample problem. As Kim and Orphanides (2005) demonstrate, small sample bias in term structure models can lead to implausible implications for the model-implied decompositions of forward rates into expected future short rates and term premia, and in particular to low persistence in estimated expected short rates. In their application to the US yield curve, Kim and Orphanides (2005) advocate including survey data on the future path of interest rate expectations, as a way of supplementing the available time-series data on yields.6 In our paper we incorporate bi-annual Consensus survey information on expected average inflation five to 10 years ahead, as an additional information variable, which helps to identify long-run inflation expectations. The implicit assumption is that the long-run inflation expectations of bond market participants will be the same as those of the economic and financial forecasters surveyed by Consensus forecasts. But we include an error term to allow long-term inflation expectations from the model to differ from those of the survey, so that expectations need only be the same on average over the sample. So, although our model incorporates survey information, the model forecasts are not always in line with the surveys. And, while the long-term survey information is only available every six months, our model has the advantage that it provides monthly estimates of expected inflation at any horizon. The paper is structured as follows: Section 2 sets out the theoretical relationships between nominal and real yields and the SDF that obtain under no arbitrage and shows how we can use them to decompose interest rates into expected future short rates and premia. We also discuss the real SDF imposed in the essentially affine term structure literature. In Section 3, we discuss the econometric methodology used to estimate the model and derive the link between bond yields and the set of variables explaining yields. In Section 4 we describe the data used for our empirical analysis. Section 5 presents the results and Section 6 concludes. Some of the main mathematical derivations are explained in the Appendix at the end of the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we develop a joint, essentially affine, model of the UK real and nominal term structures, which allows us to decompose forward rates into expected real short rates, expected inflation, real term premia and inflation risk premia. To our knowledge, this is the first study to estimate an essentially affine no-arbitrage model of this nature for the United Kingdom over the period since October 1992, when the UK monetary authorities adopted an explicit inflation target. The model set-up implies that the market price of risk is linear in a small set of latent factors and observable RPI inflation. The advantage of using latent factors is the ability of this approach to fit nominal and real yields well, at both long and short horizons. However, due to the use of latent factors and small sample problems, we also argue that it is important to include survey measures of long-term inflation expectations as additional information in the model, in order to improve the identification of the dynamics of long-term expectations and term premia. Importantly, since we allow long-term inflation expectations to equal survey expectations with an error, we also effectively allow the term structure model to reject the surveys, if they are inconsistent with the information implicit in the term structure and the factors driving nominal and real yields. And, by including a large number of yields, we do not force the model to give a disproportionate weight to fitting the surveys. An advantage of the joint model is that it can be used to decompose nominal rates into their various real and nominal components using market data on both conventional and index-linked government bonds. Based on our analysis, we find that expected real short interest rates and expected inflation together explain around 60% of the variation in 1-year nominal forward rates, but at longer horizons inflation risk premia and, in particular, real term premia explain a much larger fraction of the variation. We use the model to analyse the impact of Bank of England independence on the term structure of interest rates and the large fall in UK long-term real interest rates since 2004. We find that both longer-term inflation risk premia and inflation expectations embodied in the term structure have been lower since the Bank of England was granted operational independence for setting interest rates in May 1997. More recently, we find that the conundrum of unusually low long-term real rates can mainly be attributed to a fall in real term premia, although a significant part of the fall in rates is left unexplained, particularly over the period between July 2005 and July 2007. We suggest that the relative inability of the model to fit long horizon real forwards during this period might partly be a consequence of strong pension fund demand for index-linked bonds arising from recent regulatory changes. Moreover, the model decompositions suggest that these special factors affecting the index-linked market might also help explain the rise in longer-horizon inflation breakeven rates that occurred at around the same time. One challenge for future research will be to incorporate financial market frictions and preferred habitat behaviour more formally into empirical models of the term structure.