Abstract

In February 4, 1994 the Federal Reserve began the practice of announcing changes in the targeted level for the federal funds rate immediately after such decisions were made. This paper investigates to what extent the policy of "the announcement" affected a key ingredient in the monetary transmission mechanism: the term structure of nominally risk-free, Treasury securities. We find that term rates react much more in unison during announcement days than at any other time. Moreover, the practice of circumscribing almost all changes in the federal funds rate target to Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting dates regiments the formation of market expectations in the overnight rate and the price discovery process of term rates, thus facilitating the Fed's goal of controlling long-term rates.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-4616
Print ISSN
0022-2879
Pages
pp. 387-405
Launched on MUSE
2004-06-29
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2007
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