Three Examples Central Banking Policy Software integrated lecture for students to understand the effects of central banking policy and to observe the impact on markets currently and historically Yield Curves Goal is to deepen understanding of yield relative to ratings, over time, and versus other countries Assignment to test Implied Forward Rates Multi Factor Modeling Goal is to learn how to build a multi factor model, which factors and how many to include, and test for significance and stability.
Central Banking Policy Functions used: FOMC: View current policy and announcements. OLR: View historic target rate. Overlay CPI YOY Set historic target rate on one screen and Treasury Curve on the other. Use GC and start at 9/1/00. Then 9/1/03, 9/1/06, and 9/1/08. Discuss Term Structure Theory. GC & FOMS: Compare Treasury Curve before and after most recent FOMC Announcement Discuss QE and Operation Twist (9/21/2011) DDIS to see debt expansion since the Financial Crisis
Yield Curve Analysis Functions used: GC: Overlay curves of Treasuries, AAA Corp’s, AA Corp’s, A Corp’s, BBB Corps, BB Corp’s etc. Discuss spread by rating and term, show constituents G: View corporate spreads historically (build in advance) GC: Compare US Curve to other Sovereign Curves. Discuss Interest Rate Parity. (Use FXIP to find exchange rates) FWCV: Discuss Forward Curve and calculate Implied Forward Rates. Introduce “Assignment” to test if Implied Forward Rates are a good indication of the actual rate in the future. Select “Back Test”. Use Mean Absolute Error and Mean Squared Error to test.
Multi Factor Modeling Functions used: BETA: Perform regressions over long period, then over 2 smaller inclusive periods. Discuss coefficient instability. Ex: JPMorgan Beta from 1/1/06-12/31/11 versus from 1/1/06-12/31/08 and 1/1/9-12/31/11. Could have this be an assignment. GP: Collect data to build a 5 factor model Use Fama-French Data plus a factor for the spread between ST and LT Treasuries and a factor for the spread between Treasuries and Corporates. At the graduate level, students must create their own multi factor model Introduce “Assignment” to test the model for significance and stability using Chow Tests.