A New Perspective on Gaussian Dynamic Term Structure Models

A New Perspective on Gaussian Dynamic Term Structure Models

By
Kenneth J. Singleton, Scott Joslin, Haoxiang Zhu
Review of Financial Studies. March
2011, Vol. 24, Issue 3, Pages 926

In any canonical Gaussian dynamic term structure model (GDTSM), the conditional forecasts of the pricing factors are invariant to the imposition of no-arbitrage restrictions. This invariance is maintained even in the presence of a variety of restrictions on the factor structure of bond yields. To establish these results, we develop a novel canonical GDTSM in which the pricing factors are observable portfolios of yields. For our normalization, standard maximum likelihood algorithms converge to the global optimum almost instantaneously. We present empirical estimates and out-of-sample forecasts for several GDTSMs using data on U.S. Treasury bond yields.