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Why Do T-Bill Rates React to Discount Rate Changes?

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  • Thornton, Daniel L

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A number of alternative explanations for the response of T-bill rates to discount rate changes have been offered in the literature. This paper investigates Cook and Hahn's (1988) hypothesis that discount rate changes signal a change in the Fed's federal funds rate target which, in turn, induce changes in T-bill rates. After showing that the evidence that theyt claim supports their view cannot be used to differentiate their hypothesis from equally plausible alternatives, we show that a valid alternative test fails to provide support for their view and that discount rate changes do not appear to signal changes in the target for the funds rate. Copyright 1994 by Ohio State University Press.

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Volume (Year): 26 (1994)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 839-50

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  1. Kaketsis, Asimakis & Sarantis, Nicholas, 2006. "The effects of monetary policy changes on market interest rates in Greece: An event study approach," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 15(4), pages 487-504.
  2. Thornton, Daniel L., 2004. "The Fed and short-term rates: Is it open market operations, open mouth operations or interest rate smoothing?," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 28(3), pages 475-498, March.
  3. Galindo, Arturo J. & Maloney, William F., 2002. "Second moments in speculative attack models: panel evidence," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(1), pages 97-129, January.
  4. Daniel L. Thornton, 1996. "The information content of discount rate announcements: what's behind the announcement effect?," Working Papers 1994-032, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  5. Michael Dueker & Daniel L. Thornton, 1994. "Asymmetry in the prime rate and firms' preference for internal finance," Working Papers 1994-017, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
  6. Gasbarro, Dominic & Monroe, Gary S., 2004. "The impact of monetary policy candidness on Australian financial markets," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 14(1), pages 35-46, February.
  7. Choi, Woon Gyu, 1999. "Estimating the Discount Rate Policy Reaction Function of the Monetary Authority," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 14(4), pages 379-401, July-Aug..

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