US term structure and international stock market volatility: The role of the expectations factor and the maturity premium

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This paper empirically investigates the information content of the US term structure of interest rates (USTS) on three major stock markets. We separate the term structure into two components: expected future short rates–the expectations factor (EF)–and the time-varying maturity premium (MP) and find answers to three questions. 1) Does the slope of the USTS contain information about stock market volatility? 2) If yes, which stock market is the USTS most informative about? And 3) Do EF and MP equally explain stock market volatility? Estimation results indicate that the USTS does help to explain stock market volatility and it is the most informative about both the US and UK markets, followed by Japan. Finally, EF is found to be more informative than MP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
Early online date29 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2016

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