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Interest Rate Dynamics and Monetary Policy Implementation in Switzerland

  • Puriya Abbassi
  • Dieter Nautz
  • Christian Offermanns

The maturity of the operational target of monetary policy is a distinguishing feature of the SNB's operational framework of monetary policy. While most central banks use targets for the overnight rate to signal the policy-intended interest rate level, the SNB announces a target range for the three-month Libor. This paper investigates the working and the consequences of the SNB's unique operational framework for the behavior of Swiss money market rates before and during the financial crisis.

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Article provided by Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES) in its journal Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 146 (2010)
Issue (Month): I (March)
Pages: 313-340

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Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:2010-i-13
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