Central Bank Communication and the Yield Curve

Matteo Leombroni, Andrea Vedolin, Gyuri Venter, Paul Whelan

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We decompose ECB monetary policy surprises into target and communication shocks and document a number of novel findings. First, consistent with the idea that concurrent implementation of monetary policy is largely anticipated, we find that target shocks only have a limited effect on yields. However, we show that communication shocks have a large and economically significant impact on sovereign yields, displaying a hump-shaped pattern across maturity. Second, we document that around the European debt crisis communication had the effect of driving a wedge between yields on core versus peripheral countries. We study two explanations for this finding, revelation of the ECB’s private information and credit risk, and argue that neither channel can explain the effect on yield spreads. Motivated by this, we consider an alternative explanation in which central bank communication affects the aggregate demand due to the presence of reaching-for-yield investors. We show that a resulting risk premium channel helps to rationalize our findings.
Antal sider52
StatusUdgivet - 2017
BegivenhedThe 44th European Finance Association Annual Meeting (EFA 2017) - University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Tyskland
Varighed: 23 aug. 201726 aug. 2017
Konferencens nummer: 44


KonferenceThe 44th European Finance Association Annual Meeting (EFA 2017)
LokationUniversity of Mannheim


  • Interest rates
  • Monetary policy
  • Sovereign bonds
  • Reaching for yield


Leombroni, M., Vedolin, A., Venter, G., & Whelan, P. (2017). Central Bank Communication and the Yield Curve. Afhandling præsenteret på The 44th European Finance Association Annual Meeting (EFA 2017), Mannheim, Tyskland.