COVID-19 Effects on the Canadian Term Structure of Interest Rates

26 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2021

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Federico Severino

Université Laval; Université Laval - Faculty of Business Administration

Marzia A. Cremona

Université Laval - Faculty of Business Administration; Université Laval - CHU de Québec Research Center

Éric Dadié

Université Laval - Faculty of Business Administration

Date Written: January 8, 2021

Abstract

In Canada, COVID-19 pandemic triggered exceptional monetary policy interventions by the central bank, which in March 2020 made multiple unscheduled cuts to its target rate. We use functional data analysis techniques to assess the extent to which Bank of Canada interventions affected the determinants of the yield curve. By applying Functional Principal Component Analysis to the term structure of interest rates we find that, during the pandemic, the long-run dependence of level and slope components of the yield curve is unchanged with respect to previous months, although the shape of the mean yield curve completely changed after target rate cuts. Bank of Canada was effective in lowering the whole yield curve and correcting the inverted hump of previous months, but it was not able to reduce the exposure to already existing long-run risks.

Keywords: Canadian yield curve, COVID-19, Functional Principal Components Analysis, smoothing, monetary policy

JEL Classification: E43, E58, G01

Suggested Citation

Severino, Federico and Cremona, Marzia A. and Dadié, Éric, COVID-19 Effects on the Canadian Term Structure of Interest Rates (January 8, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3762628

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Marzia A. Cremona

Université Laval - Faculty of Business Administration ( email )

2325, rue de la Terrasse
Pavillon Palasis-Prince
Québec, Québec G1V 0A6
Canada

Université Laval - CHU de Québec Research Center ( email )

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Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

Éric Dadié

Université Laval - Faculty of Business Administration ( email )

Canada

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