Monetary Policy Uncertainty and the Market Reaction to Macroeconomic News
63 Pages Posted: 7 May 2016 Last revised: 18 Sep 2017
Date Written: September 9, 2017
We examine whether monetary policy uncertainty influences the reaction of the equity, Treasury security, foreign exchange and crude oil markets, as well as medium-term interest rates, to U.S macroeconomic announcements. Using intraday futures data, we show that in the presence of higher policy uncertainty the response to macroeconomic news weakens in the stock and crude oil markets and strengthens in the Treasury, interest rate and foreign exchange markets. In times of elevated monetary policy uncertainty, macroeconomic announcements impact the financial and crude oil markets to a large extent through expectations of future monetary policy.
Keywords: Monetary policy, Macroeconomic announcements, Financial markets, Intraday data
JEL Classification: E44, E52, E58, F49, G14, G18
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation