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Don founded Kamakura Corporation in April 1990 and currently serves as its chairman and chief executive officer where he focuses on enterprise wide risk management and modern credit risk technology. His primary financial consulting and research interests involve the practical application of leading edge financial theory to solve critical financial risk management problems. Don was elected to the 50 member RISK Magazine Hall of Fame in 2002 for his work at Kamakura. Read More

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The author wishes to thank his colleague, Managing Director for Research Prof. Robert A. Jarrow, for twenty years of guidance and helpful conversations on this critical topic.

The Australia Commonwealth Government Securities yield curve and its history are a prime topic for risk management analysis, given the stock market chaos around the world and the relatively calm and peaceful evolution of interest rates in Australia. Is the yield curve for Commonwealth Government Securities unique and different compared to other markets, or does it exhibit the same basic interest rate characteristics? We answer that question in this note.

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The author wishes to thank his colleague, Managing Director for Research Prof. Robert A. Jarrow, for twenty years of guidance and helpful conversations on this critical topic.

The German Bund yield curve and its history are critical components for the derivation and validation of interest rate risk models for asset and liability management, market risk, economic capital, interest rate risk in the banking book, stress-testing and the internal capital adequacy assessment process. There are some interesting contrasts between results for the German Bund yield curve analysis on a stand-alone basis and world-wide experience because the German Bund data set spans a fairly narrow range of rate levels and is a short data series by international standards.

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The author wishes to thank his colleague, Managing Director for Research Prof. Robert A. Jarrow, for twenty years of guidance and helpful conversations on this critical topic.

The United Kingdom Government Bond yield curve and its history is a critical data set for the derivation and validation of interest rate risk models for asset and liability management, market risk, economic capital, interest rate risk in the banking book, stress-testing and the internal capital adequacy assessment process. The importance of the United Kingdom Government Bond market is not just due to its prominence among the world’s major fixed income markets.

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The author wishes to thank his colleague, Managing Director for Research Prof. Robert A. Jarrow, for twenty years of guidance and helpful conversations on this critical topic.

In 2005, economist Richard Koo and The Economist warned that U.S. home prices were in for a collapse much like that seen in Japan after the bubble in real estate and stock prices peaked in December, 1989. “The U.S. is not Japan,” was a phrase used to dismiss any “foreign” data out of hand, much like the 1980s Japanese Minister of International Trade and Industry who stated that foreign ski makers could not compete in Japan because “Japanese snow is different.” In this note, we focus on a critical issue in many countries: what does the experience of other countries with very low interest rates tell us about what lies ahead for U.S. and European interest rates and interest rate risk analysis?

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The author wishes to thank his colleague, Managing Director for Research Prof. Robert A. Jarrow, for twenty years of guidance and helpful conversations on this critical topic.

In February, we discussed “ Essential Model Validation for Interest Rate Risk and Asset and Liability Management” using U.S. Treasury data for the model validation exercise. In this worked example, we focus on Government of Canada yields and address this question in the validation process: “Is there any version of a one factor term structure model which is sufficiently accurate for general risk management purposes and for asset and liability management?”

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