Financial market volatility : Informative in predicting recessions

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Title: Financial market volatility : Informative in predicting recessions
Author: Annaert, Jan ; De Ceuster, Marc J.K. ; Valckx, Nico
Organization: Suomen Pankki
Series: Suomen Pankin keskustelualoitteita
Series number: 14/2001
Year of publication: 2001
Publication date: 8.8.2001
Pages: 21 s.
Keywords: osakkeet; rahoitusmarkkinat; volatiliteetti; korot; ennusteet; suhdanteet; arvopaperimarkkinat;
Abstract: It is commonly agreed that the term spread and stock returns are useful in predicting recessions.We extend these empirical findings by examining interest rate and stock market volatility as additional recession indicators.Both risk-return analysis and the theory of investment under uncertainty provide a rationale for this extension.The results for the United States, Germany and Japan show that interest rate and stock return volatility contribute significantly to the forecasting of future recessions.This holds in particular for short term predictions.Key words: business cycles, stock market volatility, interest rate volatility, probit model

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