Monetary Policy and Reaching for Income

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Kent D. Daniel

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Lorenzo Garlappi

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Kairong Xiao

Columbia University - Columbia Business School

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Date Written: April 15, 2018

Abstract

Using data on individual portfolio holdings and on mutual fund flows, we find that low interest rates lead to a significantly higher demand for income-generating assets such as high-dividend stocks and high-yield bonds. We argue that this ``reaching for income'' phenomenon is driven by investors who follow the rule-of-thumb of ``living off income.'' Our analysis shows that households' preference for current income constitutes a new channel through which monetary policy affects consumption, portfolio choice, asset prices, and capital allocation in the economy.

Keywords: reaching for income, monetary policy

JEL Classification: E50, G40, G11

Suggested Citation

Daniel, Kent D. and Garlappi, Lorenzo and Xiao, Kairong, Monetary Policy and Reaching for Income (April 15, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3232328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3232328

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