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Self Monitoring or Reliance on Media Reporting: How Do Financial Market Participants Process Central Bank News?

  • Bernd Hayo

    (University of Marburg)

  • Matthias Neuenkirch

    (University of Trier)

We study how financial market participants process news from four major central banks—the Bank of England (BoE), the Bank of Japan (BoJ), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the Federal Reserve (Fed)—using a novel survey of 195 financial market participants from around the world. Our results indicate that, first, respondents rely more on media reports of central bank events than they do on self-monitoring. The only exceptions are interest rate decisions in the respondent’s home region. In general, the Fed is watched most closely, followed by the ECB, the BoJ, and the BoE. Second, ordered probit estimations reveal that the perceived reliability of media coverage is negatively associated with degree of self-monitoring and positively related to the probability of using media reports, particularly in the case of asset managers. The perceived importance of central bank events is positively related to the degree of self-monitoring in the case of traders. Finally, portfolio managers tend to self-monitor their home central bank more often than do respondents from other parts of the world.

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Paper provided by Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung) in its series MAGKS Papers on Economics with number 201423.

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  1. Bernd Hayo & Matthias Neuenkirch, 2014. "Central Bank Communication in the Financial Crisis: Evidence from a Survey of Financial Market Participants," Research Papers in Economics 2014-01, University of Trier, Department of Economics.
  2. Christopher J. Neely & S. Rubun Dey, 2010. "A survey of announcement effects on foreign exchange returns," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue Sep, pages 417-464.
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