Monetary Momentum

59 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2018

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Andreas Neuhierl

University of Notre Dame - Department of Finance

Michael Weber

University of Chicago - Finance

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Date Written: June 2018

Abstract

We document a large return drift around monetary policy announcements by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). Stock returns start drifting up 25 days before expansionary monetary policy surprises, whereas they decrease before contractionary surprises. The cumulative return difference across expansionary and contractionary policy decisions amounts to 2.5% until the day of the policy decision and continues to increase to more than 4.5% 15 days after the meeting. Standard returns factors and time-series momentum do not span the return drift around FOMC policy decisions. The return drift is a market-wide phenomenon and holds for all industries and many international equity markets. A simple trading strategy exploiting the drift around FOMC meetings increases Sharpe ratios relative to a buy-and-hold investment by a factor of 4.

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Suggested Citation

Neuhierl, Andreas and Weber, Michael, Monetary Momentum (June 2018). NBER Working Paper No. w24748. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3202052

Andreas Neuhierl (Contact Author)

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Michael Weber

University of Chicago - Finance ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60637
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