U.S. Monetary Shocks and Global Stock Prices

29 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2011

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Luc Laeven

European Central Bank (ECB); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Hui Tong

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Date Written: December 2010


This paper studies how U.S. monetary policy affects global stock prices. We find that global stock prices respond strongly to changes in U.S. interest rate policy, with stock prices increasing (decreasing) following unexpected monetary loosening (tightening). This impact is more pronounced for sectors that depend on external financing, and for countries that are more integrated with the global financial market. These findings suggest that financial frictions play an important role in the transmission of monetary policy, and that U.S. monetary policy influences global capital allocation.

Keywords: Corporate sector, Cross country analysis, Economic models, Interest rate policy, International capital markets, Monetary policy, Monetary transmission mechanism, Stock prices, United States

Suggested Citation

Laeven, Luc A. and Tong, Hui, U.S. Monetary Shocks and Global Stock Prices (December 2010). IMF Working Paper No. 10/278, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1751390

Luc A. Laeven (Contact Author)

European Central Bank (ECB) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Hui Tong

International Monetary Fund (IMF) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20431
United States

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