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  • Kaukoranta, Ilkka (2010)
    Bank of Finland. Financial market report 2
    US stock indices tumbled in a few minutes, and then recovered just as quickly. Preliminary investigations failed to provide a full explanation of the disruption. Authorities and stock exchanges have taken action to prevent further market disruptions.
  • Verona, Fabio; Martins, Manuel M. F.; Drumond, Inês (2013)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 4/2013
    Published in International Journal of Central Banking, Volume 9, Number 3, September 2013, Pages 73-117 ;
    Motivated by the U.S. events of the 2000s, we address whether a too low for too long interest rate policy may generate a boom-bust cycle. We simulate anticipated and unanticipated monetary policies in state-of-the-art DSGE models and in a model with bond financing via a shadow banking system, in which the bond spread is calibrated for normal and optimistic times. Our results suggest that the U.S. boom-bust was caused by the combination of (i) interest rates that were too low for too long, (ii) excessive optimism and (iii) a failure of agents to anticipate the extent of the abnormally favourable conditions. Keywords: DSGE model, shadow banking system, too low for too long, boom-bust JEL codes: E32, E44, E52, G24
  • Andersen, Kaare Guttorm; Kauko, Karlo (1996)
    Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita 13/1996
    The possibilities to improve households' eligibility for long-term housing loans at fixed interest rates has been a current topic of public discussion.Yet, credit institutions have difficulties in granting such loans, unless they themselves can acquire fixed-rate funding.In many cases, the only feasible way for them to raise such funding is to issue bonds.In a number of countries, such arrangements are already in use. In this paper we present a cross-country study of housing finance by mortgagebacked bonds.The paper describes and analyses mortgage credit markets in Denmark, Sweden and the United States of America with respect to the institutional structure, loans and bonds characteristics, legal framework and the security underlying the system.We have found that all three markets differ and that these differences originate from the respective countries' national characteristics and financial histories.In Sweden and the United States in particular, the public sector has been involved in developing the system. Generally, long-term credit is offered in all three countries through relatively well-functioning, efficient markets. However, certain problems are common to all.First, the number of outstanding bond series is relatively large.Second, in many housing loans, the borrower has the option to repay the debt prematurely.In these cases, the credit institution may have to avoid maturity matching problems by issuing bonds with unknown maturity. We briefly review the history and present circumstances of Finnish bond issuing credit institutions to elucidate why such institutions play a marginal role.Long ago, bond-issuing mortgage institutions were an essential part of the Finnish financial market, but legislative obstacles to their operations almost killed the industry after World War II.The tax system favoured ordinary banks, and bond emissions were restricted by government regulations.Now, these legal obstacles have been abolished.In the light of both foreign and past domestic experience, such institutions have a market niche.Finally, we discuss some of the problems related to setting up a bond- financed mortgage credit market in Finland. Key words: Housing loans, bonds, mortgage banks
  • Taipalus, Katja (2006)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 29/2006
    The dividend yield ratio in the stock markets is, to an extent, comparable to the rent-price ratio in the housing market.Taking advantage of this definitional similarity, one can then use the traditional unit root test for log dividend yield in this case, the log rent-price ratio to test for the existence of real estate bubbles.Such unit root tests are conducted for Finland, USA, UK, Spain and Germany, and the simple test results strongly suggest the existence of bubbles in nearly all of these countries.In addition to this, we develop a continuous and monthly rent-price information-based method to track the periods when real estate prices diverge from their fundamental levels.This indicator seems to work quite well in most cases, indicating bubbles during periods which, according to the consensus literature, are seen as periods of sizable upward or downward shifts in house prices. Key words: house price, bubble, unit root JEL classification numbers: G12
  • Saarenheimo, Tuomas (2005)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 2/2005
    The median age of the global population is presently increasing by nearly three months every year.Over the next couple of decades, almost every country in the world is set to experience an unprecedented increase in the share of elderly population.This development has the potential to fundamentally affect the functioning of economic and financial systems globally.This study concentrates on the effects of ageing on the evolution of global interest rates and financial flows.The study uses a 73-cohort general equilibrium overlapping generations model of five major economic areas (USA, EU-15, Japan, China, and India).Utilising actual population data and UN population projections, the model yields predictions for major economic and financial variables up to 2050.The model predicts a decline in global equilibrium real interest rates over the next two decades, but the size of the decline depends crucially on the future evolution of public pension benefits.If the present generosity of pension systems is maintained - leading to a steep increase in the cost of the pension systems - the maximum decline of interest rates is projected to be about 70 basis points from present levels.If pension benefits are reduced to offset the increasing cost pressures, the decline in global equilibrium interest rates can be much larger, while increases in the retirement age work in the opposite direction.The results do not anticipate a 'financial market meltdown' - a collapse in asset prices associated with the retirement of the baby-boomers - predicted by some.On the contrary, bond prices should fare fairly well over the next three decades.The main reason for this is that increasing life expectancy at retirement creates a need for higher retirement saving - in the future, people will want to retire wealthier than they do today.This trend more than offsets the negative effect of the retirement of baby-boomers on asset demand.Key words: Ageing, real interest rates, financial flows, public pension systems JEL classification numbers: J11, E44
  • Crowley, Patrick M.; Schildt, Tony (2009)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 33/2009
    Many indicators of business and growth cycles have been constructed by both private and public agencies and are now in use as monitoring devices of economic conditions and for forecasting purposes. As these indicators are largely composite constructs using other economic data, their frequency composition is likely different to that of the variables they are used as indicators for. In this paper we use the Hilbert-Huang transform, which comprises the empirical mode decomposition (EMD) and the Hilbert spectrum, in order to analyse the frequency content of comparable OECD confidence indicators and national sentiment indicators for industrial production and consumption. We then compare these with the frequency content of both industrial production and real consumption growth data. The Hilbert-Huang methodology first uses a sifting process (EMD) to identify the embedded frequencies within a time series, and the changing nature of these embedded frequencies (IMFs) can then be analysed by estimating the instantaneous frequency (using the Hilbert spectrum). This methodology has several advantages over conventional spectral analysis: it handles non-stationary and non-linear processes, and it can cope with short data series. The aim of this paper is to decompose both indicator and actual economic variables to evaluate i) whether the number of IMFs are equivalent in both indicators and actual variables and ii) to see which frequencies are accounted for in indicators and which frequencies are not.
  • Crowley, Patrick M. (2005)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 1/2005
    Published in Journal of Economic Surveys, Volume 21, Issue 2, April 2007: 207-267
    Wavelet analysis, although used extensively in disciplines such as signal processing, engineering, medical sciences, physics and astronomy, has not yet fully entered the economics discipline. In this discussion paper, wavelet analysis is introduced in an intuitive manner, and the existing economics and finance literature that utilises wavelets is explored. Extensive examples of exploratory wavelet analysis are given, many using Canadian, US and Finnish industrial production data. Finally, potential future applications for wavelet analysis in economics are also discussed and explored. Keywords: statistical methodology, multiresolution analysis, wavelets, business cycles, economic growth. JEL classification numbers: C19, C65, C87, E32.
  • Paloviita, Maritta; Virén, Matti (2014)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 8/2014
    This paper studies forecasts errors at the micro level using two alternative survey data sets. The main focus is on inflation and real GDP growth forecasts in the ECB Survey of Professional Forecasters. For comparison, inflation forecasts in the US Survey of Professional Forecasters are also examined. Our analysis indicates that forecast errors are positively related to the subjective uncertainties based on probability distributions, but not to disagreement (standard deviation of point forecasts). We also show that forecast errors, which are rather persistent, are related to forecast revisions. Revisions of expectations generally lead to larger forecast errors. Subjective uncertainty measures, which are available at the time of forecasting, are useful in assessing future forecast errors. Key words: Forecasting, Survey data, Expectations JEL Classification: C53, E37, E31
  • Crowley, Patrick M.; Hudgins, David (2016)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 21/2016
    This paper uses wavelet-based optimal control to simulate fiscal and monetary strategies under different levels of policy restrictions. The model applies the Maximal Overlap Discrete Wavelet Transform (MODWT) to United States quarterly GDP data, and then uses the decomposed variables to build a large 80 dimensional state-space linear-quadratic tracking model. Using a political targeting design for the frequency range weights, we simulate jointly optimal fiscal and monetary policy where: (1) both fiscal and monetary policy are dually emphasized, (2) fiscal policy is unrestricted while monetary policy is restricted to achieving a steady increase in the market interest rate, and (3) only monetary policy is relatively active, while fiscal spending is restricted to achieving a target growth rate. The results show that fiscal policy must be more aggressive when the monetary authorities are not accommodating the fiscal expansion, and that the dual-emphasis policy leads a series of interest rate increases that are balanced between a steadily increasing target and a low, fixed rate. This research is the first to construct integrated fiscal and monetary policies in an applied wavelet-based optimal control setting using U.S. data.
  • Crowley, Patrick M.; Trombley, Christopher (2015)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 11/2015
    Within currency unions, the conventional wisdom is that there should be a high degree of macroeconomic synchronicity between the constituent parts of the union. But this conjecture has never been formally tested by comparing sample of monetary unions with a control sample of countries that do not belong to a monetary union. In this paper we take euro area data, US State macro data, Canadian provincial data and Australian state data — namely real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, the GDP deflator growth and unemployment rate data — and use techniques relating to recurrence plots to measure the degree of synchronicity in dynamics over time using a dissimilarity measure. The results show that for the most part monetary unions are more synchronous than non-monetary unions, but that this is not always the case and particularly in the case of real GDP growth. Furthermore, Australia is by far the most synchronous monetary union in our sample.
  • Taipalus, Katja (2005)
    Suomen Pankki. Rahoitusmarkkinaraportti 4
    Yhdysvalloissa uusien kiinnitysluottojen arvopaperistaminen on voimakkaassa kasvussa
  • Gluschenko, Konstantin; Kulighina, Darya (2006)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 3/2006
    Published in Journal of Economic Studies, Volume 37, Issue 4/2010
    Perfect integration eludes the real world, so we suggest a realistic benchmark standard for judging the extent of market integration in various economies.We estimate the degree of integration in the US product market, widely acknowledged to be the most integrated among geographically large economies, so as to provide a reference for measuring Russian market integration. Prices for 27 grocery items across 29 cities of the United States in the first quarter of 2000 are used as empirical data.The estimated degree of integration turns out to be very close to values obtained for Russia for 2000.Apparently, market integration in Russia has in recent years moved toward conditions found in advanced market economies.The roles of other factors that could potentially cause segmentation of the US market are also analyzed. JEL Classification: F14, F15, L81, R1 Keywords: market integration, price dispersion, law of one price, United States, Russia
  • Crowley, Patrick M.; Habibdoust, Amir (2013)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 34/2013
    This paper aims to examine the relationship between exchange rate movements and the stock return of firms at different time horizons by employing wavelet analysis. In particular, we use the maximum overlap discrete wavelet transform (MODWT) to decompose the exchange rate movement and the US firm's stock return over the period January 2006 to July 2012. The results reveal that at longer horizons not only does the number of firms which are exposed to exchange rate volatility increase but also the degree of exchange rate exposure increases. What is more, the sensitivity to exchange rate volatility is stronger at longer horizons for importing firms than for exporting firms, which shows an asymmetry in the usage of hedging strategies between importers and exporters. Key words: Discrete Wavelet analysis, Exchange Rate Volatility, Hedging strategy JEL Classification: C32, F31, F23
  • Deli, Yota; Delis, Manthos D.; Hasan, Iftekhar; Liu, Liuling (2016)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 23/2016
    Formal enforcement actions issued against banks for violations of laws and regulations related to safety and soundness can theoretically have both positive and negative effects on the terms of lending. Using hand-collected data on such enforcement actions issued against U.S. banks, we show that they have a strong negative effect on price terms (loan spreads and fees) for corporate loans and a positive one on non-price terms (loan maturity, size, covenants, and collateral). The results also indicate that in the absence of enforcement actions, the cost of borrowing during the subprime crisis would have been much higher, while punished banks intensify use of collateral.
  • Niinimäki, Juha-Pekka (2002)
    BOFIT Discussion Papers 2/2002
    Published in Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, vol 159 no 3 (2003), pp. 511-522 as "Maturity transformation without maturity mismatch and bank panics"
    This paper discusses recent bank runs in seven transition economies (Russia, Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania), comparing them against the older US experience and theoretical research.Bank runs seem to usually be information based.For example, improvements in bank transparency such as new accounting rules can reveal a bank s insolvency and trigger a run. However, bank runs, as seen a few years ago in East Asia, Bulgaria and Russia, may also be accompanied by runs on national currencies. We include a bank run model that shows a bank may issue liquid demand deposits and avoid runs without deposit insurance as long as it also issues less liquid time deposits.Self-fulfilling runs are prevented through elimination of the maturity mismatch.The well-known Diamond & Dybvig (1983) model is modified to account for depositors risk af-finities, whereby high-risk depositors hold their savings as demand deposits and low-risk depositors prefer time deposits.These deposit choices transfer liquidity optimally from low-risk to high-risk depositors who value liquidity.By exploiting these choices, a bank can improve its intertemporal risk-sharing by issuing deposits of varying degrees of liquid-ity. This maturity transformation does not necessarily raise the economy s total liquidity. Key words: transition economies, bank panics, bank regulation, financial crises
  • Jokivuolle, Esa; Keppo, Jussi (2014)
    Bank of Finland Research Discussion Papers 2/2014
    The global financial crisis of 2007-2008 has given rise to new regulatory initiatives to put restrictions on the size and term of bankers' pay. We revisit the question whether these regulations are justified, both theoretically and empirically. We model bonuses as a series of sequential call options on profits and show that they provide the higher risk-taking incentives the shorter is the time between the payment points. However, using data on CEO bonuses at the end of 2006 and our model, we find no robust relationship between risk-taking incentives and US banks' stock returns during the global financial crisis. The crisis returns are related negatively to leverage and positively to the market to book equity ratio. Our findings suggest that regulating leverage would be more effective than regulating bankers' compensation. Keywords: Banking, bonuses, regulation, compensation
  • Alhonsuo, Sampo (2006)
    Bank of Finland. Financial market report 1
    Banks and financial groups have posted good results in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well as in Europe and the United States. Improved results are mainly due to growth in income. Banks' total assets and business volumes have increased rapidly. Financial results show that banks' operating environment is currently favourable.
  • Koskinen, Kimmo; Toivanen, Mervi (2013)
    Bank of Finland. Financial market report 2
    Banks' financial results have recently been pronouncedly better in the United States than in the euro area. The difference is largely explained by weaker economic activity and strong increases in impairment losses in the euro area. Losses of banks in Southern European countries, in particular, have expanded significantly.
  • Alhonsuo, Sampo (2008)
    Bank of Finland. Financial market report 1
    Banking sector results for the fourth quarter of 2007 weakened in the United States and Europe, due mainly to losses linked to the subprime crisis and, particularly in the United States, banks' deteriorated operating environment. In 2008, the importance of cost control as a means of maintaining profitability will be underlined.
  • Schauman, Heidi; Vanhala, Juuso (2011)
    Suomen Pankki. BoF online 2/2011
    Kansainvälinen finanssikriisi on johtanut syvimpään globaaliin taantumaan sitten 1930-luvun suuren laman. Vaikka taloudet ovat elpymässä, finanssikriisin kielteiset vaikutukset näkyvät vielä pitkään työmarkkinoilla. On odotettavissa, että tässä kriisissä toistuu monissa aiemmissa kriiseissä havaittuja piirteitä. Työllisyyden ja osallistumisasteen toipuminen muodostunee huomattavasti tuotannon toipumista hitaammaksi. Pitkäaikaistyöttömien osuus työttömistä joka on vasta hiljattain lähtenyt nousuun jatkanee kasvuaan, vaikka taantuman pohja on ohitettu. Lisäksi on mahdollista, että taantuman jälkeinen työpaikkojen kasvu ei tapahdu samoilla sektoreilla, joilla työpaikkoja on menetetty. Tässä selvityksessä tarkastellaan finanssikriisin vaikutuksia Suomen työmarkkinoille, ja verrataan Suomen kokemuksia mm. Yhdysvaltoihin ja Saksaan. Tarkastelun kohteena ovat etenkin työmarkkinoiden kohtaanto, rakenteelliset muutokset ja politiikkatoimien vaikutukset työmarkkinoiden sopeutumiskanaviin.