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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title Portfolio balance effects of the SNB’s bond purchase program
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  • Andreas Kettemann
  • Signe Krogstrup
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number 116
ISSN 1664-7041
Number of Pages 38
Date 2013
Abstract Text This paper carries out an empirical investigation of the impact on bond spreads of the announcement, purchases and exit from the SNB’s bond purchase program in 2009-2010. We find evidence in favor of a narrowing yield spread of covered bonds as a result of the program. The effect materialized in the days following the announcement of the SNB’s intention to buy bonds issued by private sector borrowers, as markets learned that the SNB was buying covered bonds. The specification of the bond spreads used allows us to identify this effect as a discounted portfolio balance effect of the expected purchases, as distinct from policy signalling. In contrast, we find no evidence of a further effect of the actual purchases and subsequent sales on bond spreads.
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Keywords Portfolio balance, credit spread, corporate spread, unconventional monetary policy, central bank asset purchases, credit easing, zero lower bound, Geldpolitik, Anleihe, Schweizerische Nationalbank