1. I am looking for a derivation of the Nelson-Siegel model

$y(m)=a+b\left( \frac{1-e^{-\lambda m}}{\lambda m}\right)+c\left( \frac{1-e^{-\lambda m}}{\lambda m} -e^{-\lambda m} \right)$

It is supposed to follow the Differential Equation


However, taking the derivative of $y$ and plugging that into the Differential Equation does not work. Where can I find a mathematical derivation and the assumptions beeing made? Just saying that the term structure follows aboves process is not enough.

2. Why does the Nelson-Siegel model allow arbitrage? And how do I proof it?

Ive already looked at this post

Why isn't the Nelson-Siegel model arbitrage-free?

without finding it very helpful. The paper of Bjoerk and Christensen shows inconsistency of the NS-model with Hull-White and Ho-Lee but I do not understand why arbitrage opportunities follow from this.

Is there any mathematical proof of arbitrage opportunities within the NS model?

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    $\begingroup$ Regarding your second question: Did you also look at the Filipovic paper? $\endgroup$
    – Bob Jansen
    Jan 18, 2014 at 19:31
  • $\begingroup$ I did but I did not understand it completely. How I understand it is that Nelson-Siegel is not consistent with any Ito-process and hence not arbitrage free. That would mean that only Ito-process consistent models can be arbitrage free which I dont understand. $\endgroup$
    – user7015
    Jan 19, 2014 at 10:30
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    $\begingroup$ Your misunderstanding regarding part one is that the short rate of interest follows that differential equation. See page 474 to 475 $\endgroup$
    – user25064
    Feb 18, 2014 at 16:22

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The book by Francis Diebold & Glenn Rudebusch "Yield Curve Modeling and Forecasting" addresses both a dynamic extension of Nelson-Siegel and an arbitrage-free version - may be helpful for what you are looking for. Link below:


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    $\begingroup$ Thanks but I dont have access to this book. $\endgroup$
    – user7015
    Jan 20, 2014 at 17:28

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