The effectiveness of unconventional monetary policy: the term auction facility
AbstractThis paper investigates the effectiveness of one of the Federal Reserve’s unconventional monetary policy tools, the term auction facility (TAF). At issue is whether the TAF reduced the spread between the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) rates and equivalent-term Treasury rates by reducing the liquidity premium embedded in LIBOR rates. This paper suggests that rather than reducing the liquidity premium in LIBOR rates, the announcement of the TAF increased the risk premium in financial and other bond rates because market participants interpreted the announcement by the Fed and other central banks as a sign that the financial crisis was worse than previously thought. Evidence is presented that supports this hypothesis.
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- Daniel L. Thornton, 2010. "The effectiveness of unconventional monetary policy: the term auction facility," Working Papers 2010-044, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
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