On the Predictive Power of the Malaysian T Bills Term Spread in Predicting Real Economic Activity

Authors

  • Noor Azlan Ghazali Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Soo Wah Low Faculty of Business Management Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Abstract

The ability of financial market interest rates to predict real economic activity has gained considerable attention of economics and financial researchers. In this regard, the term spread, i.e. the difference between long term and short term yield is argued to be an effective indicator to predict economic cycle. We investigate this proposition for the Malaysian economy using the T bills discount rates. Our results of both, single and multi-equation system of vector autoregression (VAR), support the case for Malaysia. Current T bills spread is shown to be a significant indicator for annual output growth for up to six months ahead. We also show that information conveyed by the term spread is unique and not of those implied by the monetary policy. Our results also indicate that, the power of term spread is limited for the near term prediction and over the long run money dominates spread in predicting output.

 

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Published

01-12-1999

How to Cite

Ghazali, N. A., & Low, S. W. (1999). On the Predictive Power of the Malaysian T Bills Term Spread in Predicting Real Economic Activity. Malaysian Management Journal, 3(2), 73–92. Retrieved from https://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/mmj/article/view/8566