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Communication matters: US monetary policy and commodity price volatility

  • Hayo, Bernd
  • Kutan, Ali M.
  • Neuenkirch, Matthias

We analyze the influence of US monetary policy on commodity price volatility. Expected target rate changes and communications decrease volatility, whereas target rate surprises and unorthodox measures increase it. The “calming” effect of communication is reduced during the financial crisis.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 117 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 247-249

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