Bayesian inference is developed and applied for an extended Nelson–Siegel term structure model capturing interest rate risk. The so-called Stochastic Volatility Nelson–Siegel (SVNS) model allows for stochastic volatility in the underlying yield factors. A Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm is proposed to efficiently estimate the SVNS model using simulation-based inference. The SVNS model is applied to monthly US zero-coupon yields. Significant evidence for time-varying volatility in the yield factors is found. The inclusion of stochastic volatility improves the model’s goodness-of-fit and clearly reduces the forecasting uncertainty, particularly in low-volatility periods. The proposed approach is shown to work efficiently and is easily adapted to alternative specifications of dynamic factor models revealing (multivariate) stochastic volatility.
|Number of pages||19|
|Journal||Computational Statistics & Data Analysis|
|Publication status||Published - Nov 2012|