Working Papers

2007-20 | March 2010


The Affine Arbitrage-Free Class of Nelson-Siegel Term Structure Models

Author(s): Jens H. E. Christensen, Francis X. Diebold, and Glenn D. Rudebusch

We derive the class of affine arbitrage-free dynamic term structure models that approximate the widely-used Nelson-Siegel yield curve specification. These arbitrage-free Nelson-Siegel (AFNS) models can be expressed as slightly restricted versions of the canonical representation of the three-factor affine arbitrage-free model. Imposing the Nelson-Siegel structure on the canonical model greatly facilitates estimation and can improve predictive performance. In the future, AFNS models appear likely to be a useful workhorse representation for term structure research.

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