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How Informative Are Preliminary Announcements of the Money Stock in Canada?

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  • Ross D. Milbourne
  • Gregor W. Smith

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The authors examine hypotheses about the relation between provisional estimates and final values of M1, M2, and M3, and their growth rates in Canada, using monthly data and multiple revisions. Preliminary values cannot be viewed as final values plus an error (revision) uncorrelated with these, but they are approximately unbiased forecasts of final values. The second difference in short-term interest rates is a leading indicator of revisions in M1 growth rates and revisions exhibit significant seasonality; hence preliminary values are not completely rational forecasts.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (1989)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 595-606

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:22:y:1989:i:3:p:595-606

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Cited by:
  1. Smith, Gregor W., 2009. "Pooling forecasts in linear rational expectations models," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 33(11), pages 1858-1866, November.
  2. Faust, Jon & Rogers, John H & Wright, Jonathan H, 2005. "News and Noise in G-7 GDP Announcements," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 37(3), pages 403-19, June.
  3. Chris Bajada, 2001. "The Effects of Inflation and the Business Cycle on Revisions of Macroeconomic Data," Working Paper Series 110, Finance Discipline Group, UTS Business School, University of Technology, Sydney.

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