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Market Impact of Macroeconomic Announcements: Do Surprises Matter?


Daniel Nadler


Kensho Technologies; Harvard University

Anatoly B. Schmidt


Kensho Technologies; Financial Engineering Program, Stevens Institute of Technology

December 29, 2014


Abstract:     
Current research of market impact caused by macroeconomic announcements is based on regressing asset returns on macroeconomic surprises, S(t) ~ A(t) - E(t), where A(t) and E(t) are actual and expected (consensus) values of macroeconomic indicators at time t. We found that regressing returns of SPDR ETF SPY on actual change, AC(t) ~ A(t) - A(t-1), and expected change, EC(t) ~ E(t) - A(t-1), yield statistically significant indicators similar to those for S(t). These indicators somewhat vary for the periods 2004-2008 and 2009-2013. The advantage of AC(t) is that it is not based on the subjective nature of consensus. As for EC(t), it does not have a look-ahead bias since E(t) are published prior to A(t). Hence CE(t) can be used for short-term forecasting. We show that with proper fitting, AC-, EC-, and S-based indexes can be used for modeling the SPY price dynamics. However, the effects of macroeconomic announcements alone do not describe the strength of the bull market of 2009-2014.

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Date posted: June 14, 2014 ; Last revised: December 30, 2014

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Nadler, Daniel and Schmidt, Anatoly B., Market Impact of Macroeconomic Announcements: Do Surprises Matter? (December 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2449796 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2449796

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Daniel Nadler
Kensho Technologies ( email )
20 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Harvard University ( email )
1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Anatoly B. Schmidt (Contact Author)
Kensho Technologies ( email )
20 University Road
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Financial Engineering Program, Stevens Institute of Technology ( email )
Hoboken, NJ 07030
United States

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