Sentimental Outlook for the Monetary Policies of South African Reserve Bank

Authors

  • Arnold Segawa University of the Witwatersrand

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.20525/ijfbs.v10i3.1298

Keywords:

South African Reserve Bank, Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) statements, tone and sentiment, central bank communication

Abstract

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) migrated to inflation targeting in 2000 and has since embarked on a trajectory of transparency. This has taken the shape of releasing Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) statements other forms of communication. This paper examines SARB’s MPC statements’ tone and sentiment between 2000 and 2021 using the Besigye-Segawa’s TextBlob polarity and subjectivity calculator which measures central bank communication tone and sentiment using the Loughran-McDonald dictionary’s word classification to gauge polarity and subjectivity. The study goes on to explore causality of SARB’s MPC statements’ tone and sentiment on inflation expectation results from the Bureau of Economic (BER) results survey. The systematic analysis shows a causality of SARB’s MPC statements’ tone and sentiment on succeeding BER’s inflation expectations results therein justifying the need for effective communication as SARB’s MPC communications’ polarity and subjectivity ultimately have a causal effect on inflation expectations. therein justifying the need for effective communication. As central bank tone and sentiment studies are only emerging in many emerging and frontier markets, this study lays a foundation for future exploration of effects of central bank communication on the expectations channel.

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2021-08-06

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Segawa, A. (2021). Sentimental Outlook for the Monetary Policies of South African Reserve Bank. International Journal of Finance & Banking Studies (2147-4486), 10(3), 37–56. https://doi.org/10.20525/ijfbs.v10i3.1298

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