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Why do markets react badly to good news? Evidence from Fed Funds Futures

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  • Ghent, Andra
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    It is well known that U.S. monetary policy is well-approximated by a Taylor rule. This suggests a reason why good macroeconomic news sometimes depresses equity returns: good news about the real side of the economy implies tighter future monetary policy. I test this hypothesis by assessing the effect of news on equity returns after controlling for changes in expectations of future monetary policy using Fed Funds Futures data. The results do not support the theory. Furthermore, the negative response of stock markets to unanticipated inflation is unchanged by controlling for changes in monetary policy expectations.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 1708.

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    Date of creation: 07 Feb 2007
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    Keywords: Fed Funds Futures. Macroeconomic News Surprises. Taylor Rule;

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