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The financial market impact of UK quantitative easing

  • Francis Breedon
  • Jagjit S. Chadha
  • Alex Waters

After outlining some of the monetary developments associated with quantitative easing (QE), we measure the impact of the UK’s initial 2009–10 QE programme on bonds and other assets. First, we use a macro-finance yield curve both to create a counterfactual path for bond yields and to estimate the impact of QE directly. Second, we analyse the impact of individual QE operations on a range of asset prices. We find that QE significantly lowered government bond yields through the portfolio balance channel—by around 50 or so basis points. We also uncover significant effects of individual operations but limited pass-through to other assets. Copyright 2012, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review Of Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 28 (2012)
Issue (Month): 4 (WINTER)
Pages: 702-728

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Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:28:y:2012:i:4:p:702-728
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