We provide a comprehensive analysis of the out-of-sample performance of a wide variety of
spot rate models in forecasting the probability density of future interest rates. While the most parsimonious models perform best in forecasting the conditional mean of many financial time series, we find that the spot rate models that incorporate conditional heteroskedasticity and excess kurtosis or heavy-tails have better density forecasts. GARCH significantly improves the modeling of the conditional variance and kurtosis, while regime switching and jumps improve the modeling of the marginal density of interest rates. Our analysis shows that the sophisticated spot rate models in the existing literature are important for applications involving density forecasts of interest rates.