Drift Begone! Release Policies and Preannouncement Informed Trading
32 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2020
Date Written: December 12, 2019
In 2017 the UK Statistics Authority discontinued the early access of government officials to market-sensitive macroeconomic data. We examine the effect of this policy change on price adjustment in the foreign exchange futures market around major U.K. macroeconomic announcements. Three macroeconomic announcements (consumer price index, industrial production, and retail sales) show strong evidence of informed trading before their public releases until 2017. This preannouncement price drift weakens with the end of the prerelease access. Analogously, the market reaction to the announcements at the official release time has become stronger.
Keywords: Macroeconomic news announcements, foreign exchange market, release policies, preannouncement effect, drift, informed trading
JEL Classification: G14, E44, F31, D82
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