Modeling the dynamics of interest rate volatility with skewed fat-tailed distributions
This paper proposes generalized parametric models of the short-term interest rate that nest one-factor CEV and discrete time GARCH models. The paper estimates the generalized and nested models with skewed fat-tailed distributions to determine the correct specification of the conditional distribution of interest rates. The results indicate that the discrete time models that incorporate the level and GARCH effects into the diffusion function and that accommodate the tail-thickness of the interest rate distribution perform much better than the CEV model in forecasting the future volatility of interest rates. The results also show that the significance of nonlinearity in the drift function relies crucially on the specification of the volatility function.
KeywordsModeling interest rates Stochastic volatility GARCH Diffusions Interest rate options
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