The Effect of Macroeconomic Announcements on Credit Markets: An Autometric General-to-Specific Analysis of the Greenspan Era

43 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2018

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James J. Forest

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Date Written: February 2, 2018

Abstract

I show that a congruent, parsimonious, encompassing model discovered using David Hendry’s econometric modelling approach and Autometrics can overcome the many inadequacies of the typical static models of US Treasury returns regressed on macroeconomic announcements. The typical specification tends to fail most, if not all, specification tests. Further, the techniques employed are able to expand our knowledge of time varying risk premia and asymmetric news responses in financial markets. Previously studied within a GARCH framework, such methods offered little evidence as to the precise sources of the asymmetries. Asymmetric effects are shown to be concentrated in a handful of announcements, such as the Employment Cost Index and Core PPI. Results suggest a place for general-to-specific modelling in financial economics, a place where it has only recently begun to be employed. These results underscore the contributions of David F. Hendry and his collaborators in econometric modelling, they also and demonstrate the need for better models in finance that may be alleviated by employing modelling practices advocated by econometricians doing research in the LSE/Oxford tradition.

Keywords: US Treasury Market, General-to-Specific Modelling, Macroeconomic Announcements, LSE Approach, Encompassing, Bias Correction, Model Selection, Autometrics, Market Efficiency, EGARCH, Assymetric Garch

JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14, C1, C2,C22, C50, C52, C58, E4, E5, E43, E44,

Suggested Citation

Forest, James J., The Effect of Macroeconomic Announcements on Credit Markets: An Autometric General-to-Specific Analysis of the Greenspan Era (February 2, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3117090 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3117090

James J. Forest (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Department of Finance
Amherst, MA 01003
United States

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