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Implementing Swiss Monetary Policy: Steering the 3M-Libor with Repo Transactions

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  • Thomas J. Jordan
  • Peter Kugler
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    This paper provides an empirical analysis of the effects of the SNB's operating procedure on the adjustment speed and the volatility of Swiss franc Libor of different maturities. More precisely it presents econometric estimates of the effect of the two characteristics of the repo auctions on the conditional mean and variance of the Libor using daily data from January 2000 to September 2003. The results obtained indicate that the total allotment ratio and the share of the allotment to one-day repos on total allotment have no influence on the adjustment speed of the Libor to the center of the target range. However, the allotment ratio has a clear and highly significant negative influence on the volatility of short-term rates.

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    Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 140 (2004)
    Issue (Month): III (September)
    Pages: 381-393

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    Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2004-iii-5

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    Keywords: Repo Auctions; Interest Rate Targeting; Interest Rate Volatility;

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    1. Gaspar, Vitor & Perez-Quiros, Gabriel & Sicilia, Jorge, 2001. "The ECB Monetary Policy Strategy and the Money Market," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 6(4), pages 325-42, October.
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    1. Berlemann, Michael & Freese, Julia, 2010. "Monetary policy and real estate prices: A disaggregated analysis for Switzerland," HWWI Research Papers 2-19, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
    2. Kraenzlin, Sébastien & Schlegel, Martin, 2012. "Bidding behavior in the SNB’s repo auctions," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 170-188.
    3. Sébastien Kraenzlin, 2007. "The characteristics and development of the Swiss franc repurchase agreement market," Financial Markets and Portfolio Management, Springer, vol. 21(2), pages 241-261, June.
    4. Dieter Nautz & Jan Scheithauer, 2009. "Monetary Policy Implementation and Overnight Rate Persistence," SFB 649 Discussion Papers SFB649DP2009-053, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.
    5. Alfred V. Guender & Oyvinn Rimer, 2007. "The Implementation of Monetary Policy in New Zealand: What Factors Affect the 90-Day Bank Bill Rate?," Working Papers in Economics 07/05, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
    6. Ewerhart, Christian & Cassola, Nuno & Valla, Natacha, 2012. "Overbidding in fixed rate tenders: The role of exposure risk," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 539-549.

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