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Testing the Out-of-Sample Forecasting Ability of a Financial Conditions Index for South Africa

  • Kirsten Thompson

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • Renee van Eyden

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

  • Rangan Gupta

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pretoria)

The importance of financial instability for the world economy has been severely demonstrated since the 2007/08 global financial crisis, highlighting the need for a better understanding of financial conditions. We use a financial conditions index (FCI) for South Africa previously constructed from 16 financial variables to test whether the rolling-window estimated FCI does better than its individual financial components in forecasting key macroeconomic variables, such as output growth, inflation and interest rates. The concept of forecast encompassing is used to examine the forecasting ability of these variables controlling for data-mining. We find that the rolling-window estimated FCI has out-of-sample forecasting ability with respect to manufacturing output growth at the one, three and six month horizons, but has no forecasting ability with respect to inflation and interest rates.

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Paper provided by University of Pretoria, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201383.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:201383
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