The Financial Stability Dark Side of Monetary Policy
50 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2017
Date Written: June 16, 2017
Since monetary policy affects risk premiums, and these appear to have a stronger influence on economic activity when they rise than when they fall, temporary monetary expansions may both stimulate the economy and sow the seeds of damaging financial market corrections in the future. We investigate this possibility by using local projection methods to examine the propagation of monetary shocks through US corporate bond markets. We find that, while the transmission of monetary shocks is symmetric, the impact of macroeconomic data releases is asymmetric: spreads are more responsive to bad news. Crucially, these responses precede economic slowdowns rather than directly cause them.
Keywords: monetary policy, financial stability, risk premia, macro news, local projections
JEL Classification: C32, E32, F34
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