Posts Tagged ‘Fed


Fun & Finance: #14, Charla sobre Mercado

En esta ocasión, German le ofrece a Gaston un pantallazo como mirar las conexiones dentro del mercado financiero.

Siempre mejor en HD.

No se olviden de LIKE THIS !!


Paper: Jackson Hole

(Haga click en la imagen para ver material presentado en el Simposio)




Gráfico du Jour: Really Too Big To Fail (RTBTF)

(Fuente Fitch, via FT Alphaville)



Paper: Commodity e inflación

Do Commodity Price Spikes Cause Long-Term Inflation?

This public policy brief examines the relationship between trend inflation and commodity price
increases and finds that evidence from recent decades supports the notion that commodity price 
changes do not affect the long-run inflation rate. Evidence from earlier decades suggests that 
effects on inflation expectations and wages played a key role in whether commodity price 
movements altered trend inflation.  This brief  is based on a  memo  to the  president of the 
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston as background to a meeting of the Federal Open Market
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Paper: Equity manda…

The US Stock Market Leads the Federal Funds Rate and Treasury Bond Yields

Using a recently introduced method to quantify the time varying lead-lag dependencies between pairs of economic time series (the thermal optimal path method), we test two fundamental tenets of the theory of fixed income: (i) the stock market variations and the yield changes should be anticorrelated; (ii) the change in central bank rates, as a proxy of the monetary policy of the central bank, should be a predictor of the future stock market direction. Using both monthly and weekly data, we found very similar lead-lag dependence between the S&P500 stock market index and the yields of bonds inside two groups: bond yields of short-term maturities (Federal funds rate (FFR), 3M, 6M, 1Y, 2Y, and 3Y) and bond yields of long-term maturities (5Y, 7Y, 10Y, and 20Y). In all cases, we observe the opposite of (i) and (ii). First, the stock market and yields move in the same direction. Second, the stock market leads the yields, including and especially the FFR. Moreover, we find that the short-term yields in the first group lead the long-term yields in the second group before the financial crisis that started mid-2007 and the inverse relationship holds afterwards. These results suggest that the Federal Reserve is increasingly mindful of the stock market behavior, seen at key to the recovery and health of the economy. Long-term investors seem also to have been more reactive and mindful of the signals provided by the financial stock markets than the Federal Reserve itself after the start of the financial crisis. The lead of the S&P500 stock market index over the bond yields of all maturities is confirmed by the traditional lagged cross-correlation analysis.

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Paper: Ramificaciones del ZLB

Have We Underestimated the Likelihood and Severity of Zero Lower Bound Events?


Before the recent recession, the consensus among researchers was that the zero lower bound (ZLB) probably would not pose a significant problem for monetary policy as long as a central bank aimed for an inflation rate of about 2 percent; some have even argued that an appreciably lower target inflation rate would pose no problems.  This paper reexamines this consensus in the wake of the financial crisis, which has seen policy rates at their effective lower bound for more than two years in the United States and Japan and near zero in many other countries.  We conduct our analysis using a set of structural and time series statistical models.  We find that the decline in economic activity and interest rates in the United States has generally been well outside forecast confidence bands of many empirical macroeconomic models.  In contrast, the decline in inflation has been less surprising.  We identify a number of factors that help to account for the degree to which models were surprised by recent events.  First, uncertainty about model parameters and latent variables, which were typically ignored in past research, significantly increases the probability of hitting the ZLB.  Second, models that are based primarily on the Great Moderation period severely understate the incidence and severity of ZLB events.  Third, the propagation mechanisms and shocks embedded in standard DSGE models appear to be insufficient to generate sustained periods of policy being stuck at the ZLB, such as we now observe.  We conclude that past estimates of the incidence and effects of the ZLB were too low and suggest a need for a general reexamination of the empirical adequacy of standard models.  In addition to this statistical analysis, we show that the ZLB probably had a first-order impact on macroeconomic outcomes in the United States.  Finally, we analyze the use of asset purchases as an alternative monetary policy tool when short-term interest rates are constrained by the ZLB, and find that the Federal Reserve’s asset purchases have been effective at mitigating the economic costs of the ZLB.  In particular, model simulations indicate that the past and projected expansion of the Federal Reserve’s securities holdings since late 2008 will lower the unemployment rate, relative to what it would have been absent the purchases, by 1½ percentage points by 2012.  In addition, we find that the asset purchases have probably prevented the U.S. economy from falling into deflation.

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Finanzas 101: Yield Curve y la Fed

Mark Thoma, armó un post sencillo y explicativo (gráficos gráficos) sobre el QE2 (alias maquinita).

So that’s QEII. It’s nothing more than conventional monetary policy moved out along the yield curve.

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"It is hard to be finite upon an infinite subject, and all subjects are infinite." Herman Melville

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