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Macroeconomic News Announcements and the Role of Expectations: Evidence for US Bond, Stock and Foreign Exchange Markets

In: Information Spillovers and Market Integration in International Finance Empirical Analyses

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  • Suk-Joong Kim
  • Michael D. McKenzie
  • Robert W. Faff

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We investigate the impact of scheduled government announcements relating to six different macroeconomic variables on the risk and return of three major U.S. financial markets. Our results suggest that these markets do not respond in any meaningful way, to the act of releasing information by the government. Rather, it is the ‘news’ content of these announcements which cause the market to react. For the three markets tested, unexpected balance of trade news was found to have the greatest impact on the mean return in the foreign exchange market. In the bond market, news related to the internal economy was found to be important. For the U.S. stock market, consumer and producer price information was found to be important. Finally, financial market volatility was found to have increased in response to some classes of announcement and fallen for others. In part, this result can be explained by differential “policy feedback” effects.

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  • Suk-Joong Kim & Michael D. McKenzie & Robert W. Faff, 2018. "Macroeconomic News Announcements and the Role of Expectations: Evidence for US Bond, Stock and Foreign Exchange Markets," World Scientific Book Chapters, in: Information Spillovers and Market Integration in International Finance Empirical Analyses, chapter 5, pages 151-174, World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd..
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    Currency Intervention; Macroeconomic News; International Capital Flows; Sovereign Credit Rating;
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