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Sentiment indicators and macroeconomic data as drivers for low-frequency stock market volatility

Lindblad, Annika (2017): Sentiment indicators and macroeconomic data as drivers for low-frequency stock market volatility.

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Abstract

I use the GARCH-MIDAS framework of Engle et al. (2013) to examine the relationship between the macro economy and stock market volatility, focusing on the role played by survey-based sentiment indicators compared to macroeconomic variables. I find that once the information in sentiment indicators is controlled for, backward-looking macroeconomic data does not include useful information for predicting stock return volatility. On the other hand, forward-looking macroeconomic variables remain useful for forecasting stock market volatility after sentiment data is taken into account. The term spread is the best predictor for stock return volatility over long horizons.

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