Working Paper

Oil, Equities, and the Zero Lower Bound

Abstract: From late 2008 to 2017, oil and equity returns were more positively correlated than in other periods. In addition, we show that both oil and equity returns became more responsive to macroeconomic news. We provide empirical evidence and theoretical justification that these changes resulted from nominal interest rates being constrained by the zero lower bound (ZLB). Although the ZLB alters the economic environment in theory, supportive empirical evidence has been lacking. Our paper provides clear evidence of the ZLB altering the economic environment, with implications for the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policy.

Keywords: Equities; Macroeconomic surprises; New-keynesian model; Oil; Zero lower bound;

JEL Classification: F31; F41; E30; E01; C81;

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Bibliographic Information

Provider: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Part of Series: Finance and Economics Discussion Series

Publication Date: 2018-08-17

Number: 2018-058

Pages: 90 pages