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Do Actions Speak Louder Than Words? The Response of Asset Prices to Monetary Policy Actions and Statements

Refet Gürkaynak, Brian Sack and Eric Swanson ()

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Abstract: We investigate the effects of U.S. monetary policy on asset prices using a high-frequency event-study analysis. We test whether these effects are adequately captured by a single factor-changes in the federal funds rate target - and find that they are not. Instead, we find that two factors are required. These factors have a structural interpretation as a "current federal funds rate target" factor and a "future path of policy" factor, with the latter closely associated with Federal Open Market Committee statements.We measure the effects of these two factors on bond yields and stock prices using a new intraday data set going back to 1990. According to our estimates, both monetary policy actions and statements have important but differing effects on asset prices, with statements having a much greater impact on longer-term Treasury yields.

Keywords: Monetary Policy; Asset Prices; Factor Analysis; Multi-dimensional Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G00 G0 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-mac and nep-mon
Date: 2005-02-08
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Published in International Journal of Central Banking Number 1.Volume(2005): pp. 55-93

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