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Fundamental uncertainty and stock market volatility

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  • Ivo Arnold
  • Evert Vrugt

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We provide empirical evidence on the link between stock market volatility and macroeconomic uncertainty. We show that US stock market volatility is significantly related to the dispersion in economic forecasts from participants in the Survey of Professional Forecasters over the period 1969 to 1996. This link is much stronger than that between stock market volatility and the more traditional time-series measures of macroeconomic volatility, but disappears from 1997 onwards. This coincides with a previously documented regime shift in stock volatility. Macroeconomic uncertainty is also able to explain and forecast the volatilities of the Fama and French factors SMB, HML and UMD.

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  • Ivo Arnold & Evert Vrugt, 2008. "Fundamental uncertainty and stock market volatility," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(17), pages 1425-1440.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:18:y:2008:i:17:p:1425-1440
    DOI: 10.1080/09603100701857922
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    1. Ansgar Belke & Daniel Kronen, 2017. "The impact of uncertainty on macro variables - An SVAR-based empirical analysis for EU countries," ROME Working Papers 201711, ROME Network.
    2. Christian Conrad & Karin Loch, 2015. "Anticipating Long‐Term Stock Market Volatility," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 30(7), pages 1090-1114, November.
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    6. Guerello, Chiara, 2016. "The effect of investors’ confidence on monetary policy transmission mechanism," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 248-266.

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