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Federal Reserve Communications and Emerging Equity Markets

  • Bernd Hayo

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    (Philipps-University Marburg)

  • Ali M. Kutan

    ()

    (Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; Emerging Markets Group, London; William Davidson Institute, Michigan)

  • Matthias Neuenkirch

    ()

    (Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Philipps Universitaet Marburg)

Work on the impact of U.S. monetary policy on emerging financial markets mostly focuses on official federal funds rate announcements; empirical evidence using data on informal communication channels, such as speeches, is scant. Employing a unique data set covering formal and informal communication channels in a GARCH model framework, we provide comprehensive evidence on the effects of U.S. monetary policy on 17 emerging equity market returns over the period 1998–2009. We find, first, that both monetary policy actions and communications have a significant impact on market returns. Second, target rate change surprises are an important driver of emerging market returns. However, informal communications—particularly when taking into account their higher frequency—have a larger (cumulative) influence on returns than do target rate surprises. Third, during the financial crisis, central bank communication plays an even more pronounced role. Finally, American emerging markets react more to U.S. central bank communications than do non-American markets. We discuss the policy implications of the findings.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 200923.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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