Does Central Bank Tone Move Asset Prices?
85 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2015 Last revised: 5 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 1, 2019
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, and more so for stocks with high systematic risk, 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, which suggests that tone is a generic instrument of monetary policy that can affect risk premia embedded in asset prices.
Keywords: monetary policy, central bank communication, textual analysis, risk premia, stock returns, volatility risk, credit spreads
JEL Classification: G10, G12, E43, E44, E58
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