How Important Are Inflation Expectations for the Nominal Yield Curve?

Gomez Cram, R and Yaron, A (2020) How Important Are Inflation Expectations for the Nominal Yield Curve? Review of Financial Studies. ISSN 0893-9454 (In Press)

Abstract

Macrofinance term structure models rely too heavily on the volatility of expected inflation news as a source for variations in nominal bond yield shocks. We develop and estimate a model featuring inflation nonneutrality and preference shocks. The stochastic volatility of inflation and consumption govern bond risk premiums movements, whereas preference shocks generate fluctuations in real rates. The model accounts for key bond market features without resorting to an overly dominating expected inflation channel. The estimation shows that preference shocks are strongly negatively correlated with market distress factors and that real rate news is the dominant driver of nominal yield shocks.

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Item Type: Article
Subject Areas: Finance
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 18:35
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2020 22:18
URI: https://lbsresearch.london.edu/id/eprint/1421
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