Market Segmentation and Limits to Arbitrage under Negative Interest Rates: Evidence from the Bank of Japan’s QQE
25 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2017 Last revised: 15 Jan 2019
Date Written: August 9, 2017
This paper decomposes the bond yield into the segmentation factor using Japan’s unique dataset. For controlling the channel of future expectation and the term premium, we take advantage of the government guaranteed bond, which is the identical asset as the government bond except the liquidity and has not institutionally affected by the demand of BOJ, and extends Krishnamurthy et al. (2015) model for capturing the liquidity factor explicitly. Our result shows the market has segmented during the time when the government bond yield turns negative although the segmentation factor is considerably small during the normal time.
Keywords: Preferred Habitat, Market Segmentation, Quantitative Easing, Term Structure of Interest Rate, Zero Lower Bound
JEL Classification: E43, E52, E58, E65, G12, G14
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