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A Transaction Level Study of the Effects of Central Bank Intervention of Exchange Rates

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  • Payne, Richard
  • Vitale, Paolo

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We study the effects of sterilized intervention operations executed on behalf of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) using tick-by-tick transaction data between 1985-95.We extend preliminary analysis conducted by Fischer and Zurlinden (1999) by matching these data with intra-day indicative exchange ate quotes and with news-wire reports of central banks ’activity. Via an event study analysis we find that intervention has important short-run effects on exchange ate returns and volatility. In particular, among various results, we find that intervention i) has a stronger impact when the SNB moves with-the-market and when its activity is concerted with that of other central banks, ii) is partially anticipated by the market and iii) temporarily reduces market liquidity.

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  • Payne, Richard & Vitale, Paolo, 2001. "A Transaction Level Study of the Effects of Central Bank Intervention of Exchange Rates," CEPR Discussion Papers 3085, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:3085
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    1. Bhattacharya, Utpal & Weller, Paul, 1997. "The advantage to hiding one's hand: Speculation and central bank intervention in the foreign exchange market," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(2), pages 251-277, July.
    2. Vitale, Paolo, 1999. "Sterilised central bank intervention in the foreign exchange market," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 245-267, December.
    3. Fischer, Andreas M & Zurlinden, Mathias, 1999. "Exchange Rate Effects of Central Bank Interventions: An Analysis of Transaction Prices," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 109(458), pages 662-676, October.
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    Keywords

    foreign exchange market; market microstructure; sterilized intervention;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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