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Economic News and the Impact of Trading on Bond Prices

  • T. Clifton Green

    (Goizueta Business School, Emory University)

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    This paper studies the impact of trading on government bond prices surrounding the release of macroeconomic news. The results show a significant increase in the informational role of trading following economic announcements, which suggests the release of public information increases the level of information asymmetry in the government bond market. The informational role of trading is greater after announcements with a larger initial price impact, and the relation is associated with the surprise component of the announcement and the precision of the public information. The results provide evidence that government bond order flow reveals fundamental information about riskless rates. Copyright 2004 by The American Finance Association.

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    Volume (Year): 59 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 3 (06)
    Pages: 1201-1234

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