E-mail alert  |  Contact  
Search:       Go  
Background  |   Sponsoring institutions  |   Editorial board   |   Advisory board   |   Associate editors
Call for papers  |   Submission guidelines  |   Editorial process
Current issue  |   Past issues  |  
September 2015 issue
List of authors
 
Svensson
Garnier, Mertens, Nelson
Cacciatore, Ghironi, Turnovsky
Ehrmann
Gillitzer, Simon
Walsh
Davig, Gürkaynak
Kamber, Karagedikli, Smith
IJCB Home   Read the journal   Past issue
Past issues
2017
 
December
September
June
March
February
2016
 
December
September
June
March
2015
 
December
September
June
March
January
2014
 
December
September
June
March
2013
 
December
September
June
March
January
2012
 
December
September
June
March
January
2011
 
December
September
June
March
2010
 
December
September
June
March
2009
 
December
September
June
March
2008
 
December
September
June
March
2007
 
December
September
June
March
2006
 
December
September
June
March
2005
 
December
September
May

Day One Keynote Address: Forward Guidance

by Last E.O. Svensson
Stockholm School of Economics; Stockholm University; CEPR; and NBER

Abstract

Forward guidance about future policy settings, in the form of a published policy rate path, has for many years been a natural part of normal monetary policy for several central banks, including the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and the Swedish Riksbank. More recently, the Federal Reserve has started to publish FOMC participants’ policy rate projections. The Swedish, New Zealand, and U.S. experience of a published policy rate path is examined, especially to what extent the market has anticipated the path (the predictability of the path) and to what extent market expectations line up with the path after publication (the credibility of the path). The recent Swedish experience is quite dramatic. In particular, it shows a case with a large discrepancy between a high and rising Riksbank path and a low and falling market path, with the market path providing a good forecast of the future policy rate. The discrepancy is explained by the Riksbank’s leaning against the wind in recent years and related circumstances. The New Zealand experience is less dramatic but shows cases where the market implements either a substantially tighter or easier policy than intended by the RBNZ. There are also cases of the market being ahead of the RBNZ and the RBNZ later following the market. The U.S. experience includes a recent case of the market expecting and implementing substantially easier policy consistent with the FOMC projections, the possible explanation of which has been much discussed.

JEL Codes: E52, E58, G14.

 
Full article (PDF, 46 pages, 2597 kb)