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Chapter 8 – The Term Structure and Volatility of Interest Rates
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The Yield curve has taken on 3 fundamental shapes:
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Normal, Flat and Inverted
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Parallel, NonParallel, Twist and Curvature of the Yield Curve
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Parallel Yield Curve Shift
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Nonparallel Yield Curve Shift
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Nonparallel – Butterfly Shifts
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A positive butterfly means that the yield curve has become less curved & a negative butterfly
means that there is more curvature to the yield curve
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Factors that have been observed to drive Treasury security returns and the
importance of each factor
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Changes in the level of interest rates (parallel shifts in the yield curve)
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Explains 90% of observed variation in total returns for all maturity levels
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Changes in the slope of the yield curve (twists in the yield curve)
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Explains 8.5% of observed variation in total returns
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Changes in the curvature of the yield curve (butterfly shifts)
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Explains 1.5% observed variation in total returns
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Various universes of Treasury securities that are used to construct the theoretical
spot rate curve, and discuss their advantages and disadvantages
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All ontherun Treasury securities (refers to newest treasury issues, bill, notes and
bonds)
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Adv: uses only the most accurately priced issues
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The bootstrapping methodology can be used to generate a theoretical spot curve
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Disadvantages: Large maturity gaps after the 10year note
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Chapter 8 ….contd
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All ontherun and some offtherun treasury securities
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