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The reception of public signals in financial markets – what if central bank communication becomes stale?

How do financial markets price new information? This paper analyzes price setting at the intersection of private and public information, by testing whether and how the reaction of financial markets to public signals depends on the relative importance of private information in agents’ information sets at a given point in time. It studies the reaction of UK short-term interest rates to the Bank of England’s inflation report and to macroeconomic announcements. Due to the quarterly frequency at which the Bank of England releases one of its main publications, it can become stale over time. In the course of this process, financial market participants need to rely more on private information. The paper develops a stylized model which predicts that, the more time has elapsed since the latest release of an inflation report, market volatility should increase, the price response to macroeconomic announcements should be more pronounced, and macroeconomic announcements should play a more important role in aligning agents’ information set, thus leading to a stronger volatility reduction. The empirical evidence is fully supportive of these hypotheses.

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Paper provided by National Bank of Poland, Economic Institute in its series National Bank of Poland Working Papers with number 66.

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Length: 30
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:nbp:nbpmis:66
Note: The paper was presented at the National Bank of Poland’s conference ”Publishing Central Bank Forecast in Theory and Practice” held on 5–6 November 2009 in Warsaw.
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