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The Impact of Federal Reserve's Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policies on Equity Prices

Jayawickrema, Vishuddhi (2020): The Impact of Federal Reserve's Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policies on Equity Prices.

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Abstract

I estimate the effects of the Federal Reserve's forward guidance and large-scale asset purchases, along with the effects of interest rate changes under conventional policy, on the U.S. equity market, and assess the reasons for stock price responses. Although the overall stock market respond meaningfully to a surprise change in the federal funds rate with a high level of statistical significance, a heterogeneity in responses is observed among different sectors in the stock market. In contrast, forward guidance is found to have relatively homogeneous effects on sector-wise stock market performance. Such effects are large in magnitude and highly statistically significant. However, large-scale asset purchases exhibit minimal effects on equity price movements. The present value of future excess returns emerged as the most important channel through which the surprise changes in the federal funds rate as well as forward guidance and large-scale asset purchases affect current equity prices. The present value of future dividends and the real interest rates are found to make minor contributions the propagation of policy shocks. However, the relative contribution of future dividends, real interest rates and excess returns vary across sectors.

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