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

  • Payne, Richard
  • Vitale, Paolo

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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  1. Bhattacharya, Utpal & Weller, Paul, 1992. "The Advantage to Hiding One's Hand: Speculation and Central Bank Intervention in the Foreign Exchange Market," CEPR Discussion Papers 737, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. 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 662-76, October.
  3. Vitale, Paolo, 1999. "Sterilised central bank intervention in the foreign exchange market," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 245-267, December.
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