Interest Rate Modeling
Chapter 3 introduced the basic concepts of bond pricing and analysis. This chapter builds on those concepts and reviews the work conducted in those fields. Term-structure modeling is possibly the most heavily covered subject in the financial economics literature. A comprehensive summary is outside the scope of this book. This chapter, however, attempts to give a solid background that should allow interested readers to deepen their understanding by referring to the accessible texts listed in the References section. This chapter reviews the best-known interest rate models. The following one discusses some of the techniques used to fit a smooth yield curve to market-observed bond yields.