Public Information and the Persistence of Bond Market Volatility

28 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2000 Last revised: 21 Mar 2008

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Charles M. Jones

Columbia Business School

Owen A. Lamont

Harvard University - Department of Economics

Robin L. Lumsdaine

American University - Department of Finance and Real Estate; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: January 1996

Abstract

We examine the reaction of daily bond prices to the release of government macroeconomic news. These news releases are of interest because they are released on periodic, preannounced dates and because they cause substantial bond market volatility. The news component of volatility is not positively autocorrelated on these dates, since the news is released at a specific moment in time. We find that (1) expected returns on the short end of the bond market are significantly higher on these announcement dates, and (2) the persistence pattern of daily volatility is quite different around these days.

Suggested Citation

Jones, Charles M. and Lamont, Owen A. and Lumsdaine, Robin L., Public Information and the Persistence of Bond Market Volatility (January 1996). NBER Working Paper No. w5446. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=225503

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Robin L. Lumsdaine

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