International linkages and macroeconomic news effects on interest rate volatility - Australia and the US

Suk Joong Kim*, Jeffrey Sheen

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We examine international linkages between daily time series of US and Australian 3-month treasury bills and 10-year government bonds from 1987-1995, paying particular attention to the effects of macroeconomic announcements in both countries. The two countries' interest rate data are modeled by a bivariate exponential generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity (EGARCH) formulation. The results suggest that market participants believed the Reserve Bank of Australia targeted the consumer price index (CPI), while the Federal Reserve targeted economic activity. Monetary policy announcements had significant effects on interest rates, as well as on their volatility in the short term. US macroeconomic activity announcements significantly moved Australian interest rates, particularly at the short end. Australian interest rates moved significantly in response to the previous day's US interest rate shocks. The conditional volatility of the Australian interest rate changes was also significantly influenced by lagged US interest rate shocks, as well as by surprises in US macroeconomic announcements. Some macroeconomic news announcements raised conditional volatilities, while others reduced them. Overall, there was a remarkable and complex array of linkages between the two countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-113
Number of pages29
JournalPacific-Basin Finance Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Announcement news
  • Bivariate EGARCH
  • E44
  • Financial market linkage
  • G14
  • G15
  • Interest rate volatility


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