Financial Constraints, Monetary Policy Shocks, and the Cross-Section of Equity Returns

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Sudheer Chava

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

Alex Hsu

Georgia Institute of Technology - Scheller College of Business

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Date Written: August 10, 2015

Abstract

We analyze the impact of unanticipated monetary policy changes on equity returns and document that financially constrained firms earn a significantly lower return following rate increases as compared to unconstrained firms. Trading volume is significantly lower for constrained firms on FOMC announcement days but the differential return response manifests with a delay. Further, unanticipated increases in Federal funds rate are associated with a larger decrease in expected cash flow news, but not of discount rate news, for constrained firms relative to unconstrained firms. Our results highlight how monetary policy shocks have a disproportionate real impact on financially constrained firms.

Keywords: Financial Constraint, Monetary Policy, Cash Flow News

JEL Classification: G10, E50

Suggested Citation

Chava, Sudheer and Hsu, Alex, Financial Constraints, Monetary Policy Shocks, and the Cross-Section of Equity Returns (August 10, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2568121 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2568121

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