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Are large-scale asset purchases fueling the rise in commodity prices?


  • Reuven Glick
  • Sylvain Leduc


Prices of commodities including metals, energy, and food have been rising at double-digit rates in recent months. Some critics argue that Federal Reserve purchases of long-term assets are fueling this rise by maintaining an excessively expansionary monetary stance. However, daily data indicate that Federal Reserve announcements of large-scale asset purchases tended to lower commodity prices even as long-term interest rates and the value of the dollar declined.

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  • Reuven Glick & Sylvain Leduc, 2011. "Are large-scale asset purchases fueling the rise in commodity prices?," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue apr4.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedfel:y:2011:i:apr4:n:2011-10

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    1. Joseph Gagnon & Matthew Raskin & Julie Remache & Brian Sack, 2011. "The Financial Market Effects of the Federal Reserve's Large-Scale Asset Purchases," International Journal of Central Banking, International Journal of Central Banking, vol. 7(1), pages 3-43, March.
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    1. Glick, Reuven & Leduc, Sylvain, 2012. "Central bank announcements of asset purchases and the impact on global financial and commodity markets," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 31(8), pages 2078-2101.
    2. Tamim Bayoumi & Trung T Bui, 2011. "Unforeseen Events Wait Lurking; Estimating Policy Spillovers From U.S. to Foreign Asset Prices," IMF Working Papers 11/183, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Gabriele Galati & John Lewis & Steven Poelhekke & Chen Zhou, 2011. "Have market views on the sustainability of fiscal burdens influenced monetary authorities' credibility?," DNB Working Papers 304, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
    4. Marek LubiƄski, 2015. "Efekty ponadgraniczne niekonwencjonalnej polityki monetarnej," Gospodarka Narodowa, Warsaw School of Economics, issue 6, pages 5-28.

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