Constructing A Financial Conditions Index for the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis
Sheng Zhu, Ella Kavanagh, Niall O'Sullivan, (2020). Constructing A Financial Conditions Index for the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis, International Journal of Finance and Economics, Forthcoming
37 Pages Posted: 13 Jul 2020
Date Written: June 18, 2020
We investigate the optimal constituent variable weighting method for a UK financial conditions index (FCI) using a small number of financial indicators. The criterion for choosing the optimal weighting model concentrates on the index’s ability to predict economic activity. We develop a ‘two-step’ process as a new weighted-sum method and show that it is superior to other existing weighted-sum models in creating an FCI. For comparative purposes, we create another FCI using a time-varying parameter factor-augmented vector autoregressive (TVP-FAVAR) with stochastic volatility model as a principal-component method. The results suggest that the TVP-FAVAR model is the best variable-weighting model to create an FCI in relation to its purpose of forecasting developments in the economy.
Keywords: Financial Conditions Index, TVP-FAVAR
JEL Classification: C11, C53, E44, E52
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