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Economic Commentary
Monetary policy tightening and long-term interest rates
Pedro S Amaral

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has maintained an accommodative monetary policy ever since the 2007 recession, and some financial market participants are concerned that long-term interest rates may increase more than should be expected when the Committee starts to tighten. But a look at five historical episodes of monetary policy tightening suggests that such an outcome is more likely when markets are surprised by policy actions or economic developments. Given the Fed’s new policy tools, especially its evolution toward more transparent communications, the odds of a surprise are far less likely now.

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Pedro S Amaral, "Monetary policy tightening and long-term interest rates" , Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary, issue Jul, 2013.
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Keywords: Monetary policy; Federal Open Market Committee; Interest rates
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