Norges Bank

Staff Memo

Norges Bank’s endogenous interest rate path and its impact on interest rate expectations

Olav Syrstad and Dagfinn Rime
Staff Memo

Norges Bank has published its own forecasts for the key policy rate since 2005. The Reserve Bank of New Zealand introduced this practice as early as in 1997. Later, in 2007, the Swedish Riksbank also started to publish its interest rate forecasts, followed by the Czech National Bank in 2009.

In this note we take a closer look at Norges Bank's interest rate forecasts and their impact on interest rate expectations extracted from market prices. Rather than attempting to answer normative questions about the desirability of interest rate forecasts, we present a short, descriptive overview of how interest rate expectations have changed around the time of publication of Norges Bank's interest rate paths. Finally, we perform a straightforward comparison of Norges Bank's and market participants' forecast accuracy.

Staff Memo inneholder utredninger og dokumentasjon skrevet av Norges Banks ansatte og andre forfattere tilknyttet Norges Bank. Synspunkter og konklusjoner i arbeidene er ikke nødvendigvis representative for Norges Bank.

ISSN 1504-2596 (online)

Publisert 13. mai 2014 12:09
Publisert 13. mai 2014 12:09