The reaction of international stock markets to Federal Reserve policy
Date of Issue2013
College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
This paper investigates how changes in Federal Reserve policy impact international stock returns, with the three objectives of measuring the reaction of international stock markets, understanding the transmission channels of that reaction, and explaining the economic sources of that reaction. We find that unanticipated Federal Reserve policy actions exert a significant and robust influence on international stock prices. However, the influence of unanticipated monetary policy actions is not strong enough to change the correlation structure of international equity returns. We also find that international stock return co-movements play an important role in the transmission of monetary policy. Finally, the variance decomposition analysis indicates that the effects of monetary policy surprises on future excess returns or dividend returns account for the largest portion of the equity price response.
Financial markets and portfolio management