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Monetary Policy Drivers of Bond and Equity Risks


John Y. Campbell


Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Carolin E. Pflueger


University of British Columbia (UBC) - Division of Finance

Luis M. Viceira


Harvard Business School - Finance Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

April 18, 2014

Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 14-031

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The exposure of US Treasury bonds to the stock market has moved considerably over time. While it was slightly positive on average in the period 1960-2011, it was unusually high in the 1980s and negative in the 2000s, a period during which Treasury bonds enabled investors to hedge macroeconomic risks. This paper explores the effects of monetary policy parameters and macroeconomic shocks on nominal bond risks, using a New Keynesian model with habit formation and discrete regime shifts in 1979 and 1997. The increase in bond risks after 1979 is attributed primarily to a shift in monetary policy towards a more anti-inflationary stance, while the more recent decrease in bond risks after 1997 is attributed primarily to a renewed emphasis on output stabilization and an increase in the persistence of monetary policy. Endogenous responses of bond risk premia amplify these effects of monetary policy on bond risks.

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Date posted: September 29, 2013 ; Last revised: April 19, 2014

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Campbell, John Y. and Pflueger, Carolin E. and Viceira, Luis M., Monetary Policy Drivers of Bond and Equity Risks (April 18, 2014). Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 14-031. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2332106 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2332106

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Carolin E. Pflueger
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Luis M. Viceira (Contact Author)
Harvard Business School - Finance Unit ( email )
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