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UK Asset Price Volatility Over the Last 50 Years

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  • Nicola Anderson
  • Francis Breedon

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The paper analyses the volatility of UK equity, bond and treasury bill returns and the sterling/dollar exchange rate since 1945. It finds that the volatility of all these assets is on a declining trend after peaking in the late '70s. It seems that greater nominal and real macroeconomic stability are the most likely causes of the current declining trend. Volatility is, however, still significantly higher than in the Bretton Woods era. The authors find no evidence that asset price volatility has any consequences for real activity.

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  • Nicola Anderson & Francis Breedon, 1996. "UK Asset Price Volatility Over the Last 50 Years," Bank of England working papers 51, Bank of England.
  • Handle: RePEc:boe:boeewp:51
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    1. Quah, Danny & Vahey, Shaun P, 1995. "Measuring Core Inflation?," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 105(432), pages 1130-1144, September.
    2. Francis Breedon & Ian Twinn, 1995. "Valuation of underwriting agreements for UK rights issues: evidence from the traded option market," Bank of England working papers 39, Bank of England.
    3. Andy Haldane & Bennett McCallum & Chris Salmon, 1996. "Base Money Rules in the UK," Bank of England working papers 45, Bank of England.
    4. Roger Beaton & Paul Fisher, 1995. "The Construction of RPIY," Bank of England working papers 28, Bank of England.
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