Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/153050
Authors: 
Ehrmann, Michael
Fratzscher, Marcel
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
ECB Working Paper 616
Abstract: 
The paper shows that US monetary policy has been an important determinant of global equity markets. Analysing 50 equity markets worldwide, we find that returns fall on average around 3.8% in response to a 100 basis point tightening of US monetary policy, ranging from a zero response in some to a reaction of 10% or more in other countries, as well as significant cross-sector heterogeneity. Distinguishing different transmission channels, we find that in particular the transmission via US and foreign short-term interest rates and the exchange rate play an important role. As to the determinants of the strength of transmission to individual countries, we test the relevance of their macroeconomic policies and the degree of real and financial integration, thus linking the strength of asset price transmission to underlying trade and asset holdings, and find that in particular the degree of global integration of countries – and not a country’s bilateral integration with the United States – is a key determinant for the transmission process.
Subjects: 
advanced economies
emerging market economies
financial integration
global financial markets
monetary policy
transmission
United States
JEL: 
F36
F30
G15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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