Does Central Bank Tone Move Asset Prices?

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Maik Schmeling

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Christian Wagner

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business; Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF)

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Date Written: October 23, 2019

Abstract

This paper shows that changes in the tone of central bank communication have a significant effect on asset prices. Tone captures how the central bank frames economic fundamentals and its monetary policy. When tone becomes more positive, stock prices increase, whereas credit spreads and volatility risk premia decrease. These tone effects are robust to controlling for fundamentals, policy actions, and other features of central bank communication. Our results suggest that communication tone is a generic instrument of monetary policy, which affects asset prices through a risk-based channel.

Keywords: monetary policy, central bank communication, textual analysis, risk premia, stock returns, volatility risk, credit spreads

JEL Classification: G10, G12, E43, E44, E58

Suggested Citation

Schmeling, Maik and Wagner, Christian, Does Central Bank Tone Move Asset Prices? (October 23, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2629978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2629978

Maik Schmeling (Contact Author)

Goethe University Frankfurt - Department of Finance ( email )

House of Finance
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 3
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen 60323
Germany

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

Christian Wagner

WU Vienna University of Economics and Business ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, Wien 1020
Austria

Vienna Graduate School of Finance (VGSF) ( email )

Welthandelsplatz 1
Vienna, 1020
Austria

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