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The Role of Media in the Credit Crunch: The Case of the Banking Sector


Tomasz Piotr Wisniewski


University of Leicester

Brendan John Lambe


University of Leicester

October 22, 2010


Abstract:     
Using a Vector Autoregression framework, this paper investigates the dynamic relationship between the intensity of negative media speculation and the market performance of financial institutions. Evidence is provided that over the sub-prime crisis period pessimistic coverage Granger-caused the returns on banking indices, while causality in the opposite direction proved weaker. These findings may imply that journalists not only report on the state of economic reality, but also play an active role in creating it. Investors acting upon sentiment implicit in media reports would have been able to improve their investment performance, as measured by Sharpe ratios and Jensen’s alphas.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: Media, Stock Market, Financial Crisis, Self-fulfilling Prophecies

JEL Classification: G01, G11, G21

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Date posted: October 24, 2010 ; Last revised: October 14, 2011

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Wisniewski, Tomasz Piotr and Lambe, Brendan John, The Role of Media in the Credit Crunch: The Case of the Banking Sector (October 22, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1696105 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1696105

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Tomasz Piotr Wisniewski (Contact Author)
University of Leicester ( email )
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Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
Brendan John Lambe
University of Leicester ( email )
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom
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