Demand for Information, Uncertainty, and the Response of U.S. Treasury Securities to News
67 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2018 Last revised: 6 Apr 2020
Date Written: April 13, 2018
We use clickstream data to show that investors' demand for information about macroeconomic factors affecting the path of future interest rates is a measure of their uncertainty about this path. In particular, an increase in information demand ahead of influential economic announcements affecting investors' beliefs about future interest rates predicts a stronger reaction of U.S. Treasury note yields to these announcements, as it should if information demand covaries positively with uncertainty. This relationship does not vanish after using standard measures of uncertainty as predictors, suggesting that clickstream data contain unique information about investors' uncertainty.
Keywords: Uncertainty, Information Demand, Clickstream Data, Macroeconomic Announcements, U.S. Treasury Yields
JEL Classification: G12, G14, D83
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