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The impact of macroeconomic news on exchange rate volatility

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  • Laakkonen , Helinä

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    (Bank of Finland Research)

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This study investigates the impact of new information on the volatility of exchange rates. The impact of scheduled US and European macroeconomic news on the volatility of USD/EUR 5-minute returns was tested by using the Flexible Fourier Form method. The results were consistent with earlier studies. Macroeconomic news increased volatility significantly, and news on the United States was the most important. The much-tested hypothesis of bad news having a greater impact on volatility was re-confirmed in this study. The announcements were also divided into two categories, the first containing the news that gave conflicting information on the state of the economy (bad and good news at the same time) and the other containing the news that was consistent (where either good or bad news was announced). Conflicting news was found to increase volatility significantly more than consistent news. The impact of 'no-surprise' news was also tested. Even news the forecast of which was equal to an announcement seemed to increase volatility.

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Paper provided by Bank of Finland in its series Research Discussion Papers with number 24/2004.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 13 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:bofrdp:2004_024

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Keywords: Exchange rates; microstructure theory; volatility; news;

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  4. Helinä Laakkonen, 2007. "The Impact of Macroeconomic News on Exchange Rate Volatility," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 20(1), pages 23-40, Spring.
  5. Laakkonen, Helinä & Lanne, Markku, 2009. "The Relevance of Accuracy for the Impact of Macroeconomic News on Volatility," MPRA Paper 23718, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  6. Laakkonen, Helinä & Lanne, Markku, 2008. "Asymmetric News Effects on Volatility: Good vs. Bad News in Good vs. Bad Times," MPRA Paper 8296, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. Mensi, Walid & Hammoudeh, Shawkat & Yoon, Seong-Min, 2014. "Structural breaks and long memory in modeling and forecasting volatility of foreign exchange markets of oil exporters: The importance of scheduled and unscheduled news announcements," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 101-119.
  8. Laakkonen, Helinä, 2007. "Exchange rate volatility, macro announcements and the choice of intraday seasonality filtering method," Research Discussion Papers 23/2007, Bank of Finland.
  9. Cristi Spulbar & Mihai Nitoi, 2012. "The Impact Of Political And Economic News On The Euro/Ron Exchange Rate: A Garch Approach," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 4, pages 52-58, December.

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