We show that FOMC announcement surprises are predicted by preceding ECB monetary policy announcement surprises. Specifically, a 1 p.p. ECB monetary policy surprise predicts a subsequent 0.25 p.p. FOMC surprise. Increases in stock (bond) prices around the ECB meeting also predict decreases (increases) around subsequent FOMC meetings. We rationalize these empirical facts with a model in which 1) the Fed responds to non-US economic conditions more strongly than investors expect and 2) the ECB releases growth news at the time of its announcements. Our results suggest that the Fed’s response to non-US news is an important facet of monetary policy.
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