Asset Returns and Scheduled Macroeconomic News Announcements
46 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 14, 2009
Stock market excess returns are significantly higher on days when the government is scheduled to announce inflation statistics, unemployment statistics, and interest rate decisions. The average announcement day excess return from 1958 to 2007 is 10.6 basis points versus 1.4 basis points for all the other days. In contrast, the risk-free rate (measured as the daily return on a 30-day T-bill) is detectably lower on announcement days, consistent with a precautionary saving motive. We show that a simple equilibrium model with deterministically varying aggregate risk can generate higher risk premia and lower risk-free rates around announcements. Our results demonstrate the required trade-off between macroeconomic risk and financial asset returns.
Keywords: Asset Pricing, Macroeconomic Risk, Macroeconomic News
JEL Classification: G12
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