Expected Excess Treasury Returns for the year ahead (April 2018)

I have decided to report some simple expected bond return decompositions.  I say simple because my preferred decompositions rely on Bloomberg data which I do not currently have access too.

The excess return decomposition table gives us an estimate of the source of the 1-year ahead expected returns from buying a treasury bond today and unloading it in April of 2019.  I have several estimates for the real bond risk premium with the average expected excess real return coming in around 2.3% for the ten-year treasury.  Excess returns are returns in excess of the 1-yr treasury.
Inflation compensation is pitiful and is effectively nil.  The expected return from credit/liquidity covariances is about .5% for the 10-year.  Based on this decomposition the expected excess return for the 10 year treasury is 3%, and the total expected return is 4.7%.

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 I use the Survey of Professional Forecasters 10-yr CPI forecast to represent long-term inflation expectations, and the Philadelphia Fed Survey of Manufacturing Future Prices Paid as the short-term inflation expectation/ risk premium.  The term structure is priced with linear regressions.  The methodology is very similar to the one found here.

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