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The conditional path of Central Bank Asset Purchases

The authors investigate the financial market effects of central bank asset purchases by exploiting the unique setting provided by ECB’s PSPP and PEPP policies. These programs consist in purchases of identical assets. The PSPP aimed to reduce deflationary risks, while the PEPP was announced to alleviate sovereign risks. They assess the effects of both policies on these two intermediate objectives. They find that the PSPP positively affects inflation swaps whereas the PEPP negatively impacts sovereign spreads. We explore the reasons for these differentiated effects. Making the rationale of a policy clear and credible influences its transmission to asset prices.