Currency jumps, cojumps and the role of macro news

Arjun Chatrath, University of Portland
Hong Miao
Sanjay Ramchander
Sriram Villupuram

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Article published by ScienceDirect in theJournal of International Money and Finance in 2014, available online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0261560613001204.

Abstract

This study investigates the impact of macro news on currency jumps and cojumps.The analysis uses intra-day data, sampled at 5-min frequency, for four currencies for the period 2005–2010.Results indicate that currency jumps are a good proxy for news arrival.We find 9–15% of currency jumps can be directly linked to U.S. announcements.Notably, news can explain 22–56% of the 5-min jump returns, and there is evidence that better-than-expected news about the U.S. economy has a negative impact on currency jumps.Cojump statistics suggest close dependencies among European currencies, especially between the euro and the Swiss franc.We also provide evidence on the uncertainty resolution to news.