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Effects of explicit FOMC policy rate guidance on interest rate expectations


  • Moessner, Richhild


We quantify the impact of explicit FOMC policy rate guidance announcements at the zero lower bound on Eurodollar interest rate futures. We find that they significantly reduced implied interest rates and led to a flattening of the yield curve.

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  • Moessner, Richhild, 2013. "Effects of explicit FOMC policy rate guidance on interest rate expectations," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(2), pages 170-173.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:2:p:170-173 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.07.023

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    Monetary policy; Central bank communication; Policy rate guidance;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies


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