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News announcements, market activity and volatility in the euro/dollar foreign exchange market

  • BAUWENS, Luc
  • BEN OMRANE, Walid
  • GIOT, Pierre

This paper deals with the impact of nine categories of scheduled and unscheduled news announcements on the Euro/Dollar return volatility. We highlight and analyze the pre-announcement, contemporaneous and postannouncement reactions. Using high-frequency intraday data and within the framework of ARCH-type and realized volatility models, we show that volatility increases in the pre-announcement periods, particularly before scheduled events. Market activity also significantly impacts return volatility as expected by the theoretical literature on order flow.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in its series CORE Discussion Papers RP with number 1787.

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Note: In : Journal of International Money and Finance, 24, 1108-1125, 2005
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