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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|24665||2007||16 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||8598 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Volume 17, Issue 3, July 2007, Pages 291–306
This paper empirically investigates the main determinants of secret interventions in the foreign exchange (FX) market. Using the recent experience of the Bank of Japan, we estimate a model that explains the share of secret to reported interventions in the FX market. Two sets of determinants are clearly identified: the first is related to the probability of detection of the central bank orders by market participants; the second to the central bank's internal decision to opt for secrecy. Our estimations support the arguments of current microstructure theories that rationalize the use of secret interventions.
Direct interventions in the foreign exchange (FX) market have been used as a policy instrument on a regular basis by the major central banks. The sterilization process has often made these interventions a tool that is independent of monetary policy. While the debate remains strong about the degree of efficiency of sterilized interventions (see Humpage, 2003 among others), some major central banks such as the Bank of Japan (BoJ) have still relied extensively on such interventions over the recent period. The motives for interventions as well as the nature of the actual interventions themselves have been closely scrutinized by academics and policy makers. Understanding why monetary authorities intervene is important for policy evaluation. Reaction functions have been estimated for the major central banks and suggest that monetary authorities react to reverse undesirable trends and to a lesser extent, to smooth exchange rate volatility (Almekinders and Eijffinger, 1994 and Almekinders and Eijffinger, 1996). Central bank practices have also been studied in much detail (Dominguez and Frankel, 1993 and Neely, 2001), showing that monetary authorities make use of a large variety of techniques to implement their intervention policy. The literature contains many insights about the usual practice of central banks but has still not been able to rationalize the use of secret interventions (Sarno and Taylor, 2001). Secret interventions are usually defined as foreign exchange operations that are not disclosed to market participants (at least not contemporaneously). Depending on the central bank's communication policy and the way the order is transmitted to the commercial banks, these operations can be hidden from foreign exchange traders and can be mistakenly viewed as purely private trades by the market. While the Federal Reserve (Fed) and the Bundesbank have progressively adopted more transparent policies, some central banks still rely on secret operations, as suggested by the recent operations of the BoJ (Beine and Lecourt, 2004). The signaling theory, which considers central bank interventions as a method of altering exchange rate expectations through the release of private information, obviously is unable to rationalize the use of secret operations. Theoretical arguments, based on alternative approaches such as noise trading (Hung, 1997) or microstructure (Vitale, 1999), have therefore been put forth to explain this practice. Purely informal arguments have also been proposed (Dominguez and Frankel, 1993 and Chiu, 2003). While interesting, these explanations have not been assessed empirically in the literature to the best of our knowledge. This paper aims at correcting the situation. To study the motives for using secret operations, we examine the intervention policy of the Bank of Japan over the recent period (1991–2004). For a decade, the BoJ has been the most active central bank by far in the foreign exchange markets. Over the full period under study, the BoJ was present in the market for more than 10% of trading days. However, after 2002 until April 2004, this increased to more than 40% of trading days. The interventions of the BoJ vary greatly over time and thus form a useful basis for testing competing theories of the secrecy conundrum. While the Bank of Japan used public (reported) interventions most of the time during the pre-Sakakibara period (1991–1995) and the Sakakibara (1995–2002), nearly 80% of their operations in the more recent period (2003–2004) remain undetected by market participants on the day they were carried out.1 This points to a major shift in the intervention policy. This paper builds on the recent approach proposed by Beine and Lecourt (2004) to separate the official interventions of the BoJ into reported and secret operations. We carried out a logit analysis aimed at explaining the percentage of secret versus reported interventions. After controlling the determinants of the intervention detection process by market participants, we assessed the empirical validity of the traditional explanations of secrecy developed in the theoretical literature. From our findings, we identified the major determinants that favor a central bank's operations being detected: the size of the operation; whether the operation is carried out in concert with other monetary authorities; the success of the operation; and the intensity of the past intervention policy. More importantly, the results lend strong empirical support to those explanations using the microstructure approach. In particular, we show that the BoJ tended to favor the use of secret operations when targeting an exchange rate value that was inconsistent with the fundamental equilibrium level. The paper is organized as follows. Section 2 reviews the theoretical literature that rationalizes the use of secret interventions of the central banks. It also provides a short summary of the existing empirical analysis of the central bank practices, a summary that can be used as a useful starting point for our empirical analysis. Section 3 details the empirical strategy and discusses some methodological issues. Section 4 reports and comments on our findings while Section 5 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
This paper provides the first attempt of an empirical evaluation of the reasons underlying the use of secret interventions by central banks in the foreign exchange market. The assessment examines the actions of the Bank of Japan over the recent period (1991–2004). Not only has the Bank of Japan been the sole major central bank using foreign exchange interventions as an instrument but the BoJ has also relied extensively on secret operations, especially in recent times. Using newswire reports, we distinguish between reported and secret interventions. Our empirical analysis includes two sets of explanatory variables, one for the process of market participants’ detecting the central bank, the other for the incentives for the central bank to opt for secrecy. The size of the amounts used in the interventions, coordination with another central bank as well as the presence of recent past operations are found to improve the detection of central bank operations. Our findings provide strong support for the theoretical explanations of foreign exchange market operations that have recently been developed within the microstructure approach. Our findings show that the Bank of Japan tended to favor secret operations when it was targeting its own level and when acting in the opposite direction to reducing the exchange rate misalignment. In contrast, we did not find evidence in favor of a noise trading strategy of the BoJ in the sense that its actions would have targeted both fundamental and noise traders.