TY: CONF
T1 - The problem of estimating the volatility of zero coupon bond interest rate
A1 - Díaz, Antonio
A1 - Jareño, Francisco
A1 - Navarro, Eliseo
N2 - Financial literature and financial industry use often zero coupon yield curves as input for testing hypotheses, pricing assets or managing risk. They assume this provided data as accurate. We analyse implications of the methodology and of the sample selection criteria used to estimate the zero coupon bond yield term structure on the resulting volatility of spot rates with different maturities. We obtain the volatility term structure using historical volatilities and Egarch volatilities. As input for these volatilities we consider our own spot rates estimation from GovPX bond data and three popular interest rates data sets: from the Federal Reserve Board, from the US Department of the Treasury (H15), and from Bloomberg. We find strong evidence that the resulting zero coupon bond yield volatility estimates as well as the correlation coefficients among spot and forward rates depend significantly on the data set. We observe relevant differences in economic terms when volatilities are used to price derivatives.
UR - https://repositorio.ipl.pt/handle/10400.21/1410
Y1 - 2011
PB - No publisher defined