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Interest Rate Targeting and the Dynamics of Short-Term Rates

  • Pierluigi Balduzzi
  • Giuseppe Bertola
  • Silverio Foresi
  • Leora Klapper

We find that in 1989-1996, when U.S. monetary policy tightly targeted overnight fed funds rates, the volatility and persistence of spreads between target and term fed funds levels were larger for longer-maturity loans. We show that such patterns are consistent with an expectational model where target revisions are infrequent and predictable. In our model, the (autoco-) variance of the spreads of term fed funds rates from the target increases with maturity because longer-term rates are more heavily influenced by persistent expectations of future target changes.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5944.

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Date of creation: Feb 1997
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Publication status: published as Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Vol. 30, issue 1 (February 1998) pp. 26-50
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5944
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