Government Bond Returns, Measurement of Interest Rate Risk, and the Arbitrage Pricing Theory

  • Author(s): N. BULENT GULTEKIN, RICHARD J. ROGALSKI
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 43-61
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1985.tb04936.x

ABSTRACT

Empirical tests are reported for Ross' arbitrage pricing theory using monthly data for U.S. Treasury securities during the 1960–1979 period. We find that mean returns on bond portfolios are linearly related to at least two factor loadings. Multivariate test results, however, are not consistent with the APT. Our sample data in the U.S. Treasury securities market are also not consistent with either version of the CAPM. One‐month‐ahead forecasts of excess returns using factor‐generating models are compared with corresponding naive predictions or predictions using the “market model” with various market portfolios.

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