Labor Conditions and Future Capital Market Performance
Posted: 8 Feb 2017
Date Written: November 1, 2016
The authors find a linkage between labor market conditions and future capital market returns: An increase in the unemployment rate is linked to positive excess returns in both stock and bond markets for the 24-month period following the unemployment rate announcement. Furthermore, by controlling for some well-known market and macroeconomic variables, the authors find that the unemployment rate still preserves, in general, its power in predicting future capital market performance.
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