The CSPP at Work - Yield Heterogeneity and the Portfolio Rebalancing Channel

29 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2019

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Date Written: April 15, 2019

Abstract

We assess the impact of the corporate sector purchase programme (CSPP), the corporate arm of the ECB’s quantitative easing, over its first year of activity (June 2016 – June 2017). Focusing on the primary bond market, we find evidence of a significant impact of the CSPP on yield spreads, both directly on purchased and targeted bonds and indirectly on all other bonds. The magnitude and the timing of the changes in yield spreads, coupled with the evolution of bond placements, are fully consistent with the proper unfolding the portfolio rebalancing channel.

Keywords: quantitative easing, unconventional monetary policy, bond yields, market segmentation

JEL Classification: G15, G32, G38

Suggested Citation

Zaghini, Andrea, The CSPP at Work - Yield Heterogeneity and the Portfolio Rebalancing Channel (April 15, 2019). ECB Working Paper No. 2264. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3373542

Andrea Zaghini (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

Via Nazionale 91
Rome, 00184
Italy

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