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The Response of Term Rates to Fed Announcements

Selva Demiralp and Òscar Jordà
Journal of Money, Credit and Banking
Vol. 36, No. 3, Part 1 (Jun., 2004), pp. 387-405
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3838979
Page Count: 19
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The Response of Term Rates to Fed Announcements
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Abstract

In February 4, 1994 the Federal Reserve began the practice of announcing changes in the targeted level for the federal funds rate immediately after such decisions were made. This paper investigates to what extent the policy of "the announcement" affected a key ingredient in the monetary transmission mechanism: the term structure of nominally risk-free, Treasury securities. We find that term rates react much more in unison during announcement days than at any other time. Moreover, the practice of circumscribing almost all changes in the federal funds rate target to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting dates regiments the formation of market expectations in the overnight rate and the price discovery process of term rates, thus facilitating the Fed's goal of controlling long-term rates.

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