An Empirical Analysis of the Relationship between US and Colombian Long-Term Sovereign Bond Yields

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  • Revista ESPE - Ensayos Sobre Política Económica


  • We study the relationship between US and Colombian sovereign debt interest rates between 2004 and 2013. We also evaluate the response of the Colombian long-term bond yield and other asset prices to shocks to the US long-term Treasury rate. Two empirical exercises are performed. First, we use a moving window linear regression to examine the link between sovereign bond yields. Second, we estimate a VARX-MGARCH model to compute the short-term response of local asset prices to foreign financial shocks. Our exercises consider data with daily frequency. The analysis is performed on three sample periods (i.e., before, during, and after the global financial crisis). Our findings show that the link between sovereign bond yields has changed over time. Moreover, the short-run responses of local asset prices to foreign financial shocks have been qualitatively different in the three periods. The especial role of US Treasuries as a “safe haven asset” during highly volatile time spans seems to be at the root of these changes.

fecha de publicación

  • 2014

Líneas de investigación

  • Emerging Markets
  • Global Financial Crisis
  • Long-Term Bond Yields
  • Moving Window Linear Regression

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