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The reaction of asset markets to Swiss National Bank communication

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  • Angelo Ranaldo
  • Enzo Rossi

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In this paper we analyze high-frequency movements in Swiss financial markets in reaction to real-time communication by the Swiss National Bank. Our analysis of central bank communication encompasses official speeches and interviews, not only monetary policy announcements. We examine the reactions of the currency market, the bond market and the stock exchange. The evidence suggests that speeches and interviews, along with monetary policy announcements, engender a significant price reaction. This paper sheds light on the relevance of communications other than monetary policy announcements.

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Paper provided by Swiss National Bank in its series Working Papers with number 2007-11.

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Length: 50 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:snb:snbwpa:2007-11

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Keywords: central bank communication; speeches; interviews; monetary policy announcements; financial market reaction; high-frequency data;

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  2. Paul Soderlind, 2009. "Reaction of Swiss Term Premia to Monetary Policy Surprises," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2009 2009-33, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  3. Moessner, Richhild & Allen, William A., 2013. "Central bank swap line effectiveness during the euro area sovereign debt crisis," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 167-178.
  4. Thomas Jordan & Angelo Ranaldo & Paul Soderlind, 2009. "The Implementation of SNB Monetary Policy," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2009 2009-08, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
  5. Matthias Neuenkirch, 2010. "Managing Financial Market Expectations: The Role of Central Bank Transparency and Central Bank Communication," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201028, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).

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