Expectation and Duration at the Effective Lower Bound

52 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2017 Last revised: 10 Sep 2018

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Thomas B. King

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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Date Written: August 9, 2018


With risk-averse arbitrageurs and an effective lower bound on nominal rates, nonlinear interactions among short-rate expectations, bond supply, and term premia emerge in equilibrium. These interactions, which are absent from affine models, help explain the observed behavior of the yield curve near the ELB, including evidence about unconventional monetary policy. The impact of both short-rate expectations and bond supply are attenuated at the ELB. However, in simulations of the post-crisis experience in the U.S., shocks to investors' duration-risk exposures have much smaller effects than shocks to the anticipated path of short rates. The latter shocks matter, in part, because of the reduction in interest-rate volatility associated with a longer expected stay at the ELB -- a novel channel of unconventional policy.

Keywords: Yield Curve, Forward Guidance, Quantitative Easing, Zero Lower Bound

JEL Classification: E43, E52, G12

Suggested Citation

King, Thomas B., Expectation and Duration at the Effective Lower Bound (August 9, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2901646 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2901646

Thomas B. King (Contact Author)

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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