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When the Federal Reserve provides greater clarity about the path of future interest rates, term premia in longer-term bonds fall and economic activity increases. This interest rate uncertainty channel of forward guidance sheds light on three important issues in macroeconomics. First, this channel explains how forward guidance shapes term premia, both away from and at the zero lower bound. Second, our mechanism offers a novel explanation for the puzzling fact that monetary policy announcements affect distant real forward rates. Finally, we show that event studies overstate the effects of large-scale asset purchases when they fail to control for simultaneous forward guidance.

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JEL Classification: E32; E52

Article Citation

  • Bundick, Brent, Trenton Herriford and A. Lee Smith. “Forward Guidance, Monetary Policy Uncertainty, and the Term Premium,” Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City working paper no. 17-07, July, available at External Linkhttps://doi.org/10.18651/RWP2017-07

Authors

Brent Bundick

Research and Policy Advisor

Brent Bundick is a Research and Policy Advisor in the Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He rejoined the Department in 2014 after completing…

A. Lee Smith

Research and Policy Advisor

Andrew Lee Smith is a Research and Policy Advisor in the Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Prior to joining the department in 2014, Mr. Smi…