The authors aim to analyze the impact of monetary policy interventions during the financial crisis of 2007-2009 on the stock prices of US insurance firms.
The authors use an event study methodology and a database of 89 policy announcements to analyze if monetary policy interventions could restore stability in the insurance sector. In addition, the authors conduct a second-stage analysis to identify the individual firms’ determinants of their stock market response.
The results indicate that the market reaction depends upon the type of policy intervention as well as the timing of the intervention. A second stage analysis examines firm level determinants of the insurers’ stock price responses and finds various firm specific factors also affect the insurers’ reaction to policy interventions.
First, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this paper is the first to examine the impact of non-conventional policy announcements on firms from the insurance sector during the financial crisis. Moreover, the authors add to the literature an analysis on how conventional central bank announcements affect insurance firms.
The authors thank H.R. Schradin and the participants and discussants of the Research Seminar at University of Cologne and an anonymous referee for helpful comments and suggestions on the paper. Furthermore, Jannes Rauch received a travel grant from Deutscher Verein für Versicherungswissenschaft e.V. and from Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V. and a scholarship from Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences.
Grace, M., Rauch, J. and Wende, S. (2017), "The effect of monetary policy announcements and government interventions on the US insurance industry during the 2007-2009 crisis", Journal of Risk Finance, Vol. 18 No. 5, pp. 500-522. https://doi.org/10.1108/JRF-02-2017-0039Download as .RIS
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