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The HighFrequency Response of the RandDollar Rate to Inflation Surprises

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  • Dr. Greg Farrell
  • Dr. Shakill Hassan
  • Prof. Nicola Viegi

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We examine the high-frequency response of the rand-dollar nominal rate within ten-minute intervals around (five minutes before, five minutes after) official inflation announcements, and show that the rand appreciates (resp., depreciates) on impact when inflation is higher (resp., lower) than expected evidence that bad news about inflation is good news for the currency. The effect only applies after the adoption of inflation targeting. Our findings are rationalizable by the belief, among market participants, in a credible (though perhaps not particularly aggressive) inflation targeting policy in South Africa; and can be used to monitor changes in currency market perceptions about the monetary policy regime.

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  • Dr. Greg Farrell & Dr. Shakill Hassan & Prof. Nicola Viegi, 2012. "The HighFrequency Response of the RandDollar Rate to Inflation Surprises," Working Papers 5028, South African Reserve Bank.
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    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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