This paper shows that the components of uncertainty about nominal interest rates, real‐rate uncertainty and inflation uncertainty, have different effects on the liquidity premium. An increase in inflation uncertainty should increase the equilibrium liquidity premium because investors reduce the effect of inflation uncertainty on the riskiness of their portfolios by holding more short‐term bonds. In contrast, an investor can reduce the effects of uncertainty about future ex‐ante real rates on portfolio return by matching more closely the maturity dates of the bonds held with the date on which the portfolio is to be liquidated for consumption purposes. Thus, the effect of an increase in real‐rate uncertainty on the equilibrium liquidity premium is ambiguous, depending on the relative magnitudes of long‐term and short‐term saving and the proportions of short‐term and long‐term bonds issued by the government.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||19|
|State||Published - Nov 1991|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics