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A monetary policy rule based on nominal and inflation-indexed Treasury yields

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    The yields on nominal and inflation-indexed Treasury debt securities can be used to derive a proxy for the inflation expectations of market participants. This paper investigates whether such a measure has provided a useful guide for monetary policy decisions by the Federal Reserve. The results indicate that since 1999, U.S. monetary policy decisions can be effectively characterized by a simple policy rule in which changes in the federal funds rate respond to the forward rate of inflation compensation.

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    Paper provided by Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.) in its series Finance and Economics Discussion Series with number 2003-07.

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    Date of creation: 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:fip:fedgfe:2003-07

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    Keywords: Monetary policy ; Government securities ; Inflation-indexed bonds;

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