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Research Review | 16 June 2017 | Yield Curve Analysis

Monetary Policy Uncertainty and Bond Risk Premium
Fuwei Jiang (Central University of Finance and Economics) and
Guoshi Tong (Renmin University)

October 1, 2016
We show that uncertainty of monetary policy (MPU) commands a risk premium in the US Treasury bond market. Using the news based MPU measure in Baker, Bloom, and Davis (2016) to capture monetary policy uncertainty, we find that MPU forecasts significantly and positively future monthly Treasury bond excess returns. This forecastability remains significant controlling for standard bond risk premium predictors based on yield curve and macroeconomic fundamentals. The predictive power of MPU is not driven by uncertainty of economic growth, inflation and general economic condition, and is confirmed in out-of-sample tests.
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