In this paper, I introduce extensions on the dynamic NelsonSiegel (DNS) framework for forecasting the yield-curve. These extensions regard time-varying volatility and including macroeconomic variables in the estimation of the beta’s, which determine the forecasts of the yield-curve. I make forecast with all different models on different forecasting horizons, using both an extending out-of sample window and a moving out-of sample window. I assess the forecasts by their root mean squared error and I compare the forecasts of the different models against the DNS framework with the Diebold-Mariano test for equal prediction accuracy. The results show that the models which capture time-varying volatility produce better forecasts in almost all circumstances. Moreover, using a moving out-of sample window lead to better forecasts as well.

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Keywords Nelson-Siegel curve, Yield curve, Forecasting, ARCH
Thesis Advisor Dijk, D.J.C. van
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/2105/38602
Series Econometrie
Citation
Esch, J.C.M. van (Joost). (2017, August 10). Forecasting the term structure interest rate of government bond yields. Econometrie. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/2105/38602