Faculty of Economics and Business Administration Publications Database

The Pre‐FOMC Announcement Drift

Lucca, David O.
Volume: 70
Number: 1
Pages: 329 - 371
Month: February
ISSN-Print: 0022-1082
Link External Source: Online Version
Year: 2015

We document large average excess returns on U.S. equities in anticipation of monetary policy decisions made at scheduled meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in the past few decades. These pre‐FOMC returns have increased over time and account for sizable fractions of total annual realized stock returns. While other major international equity indices experienced similar pre‐FOMC returns, we find no such effect in U.S. Treasury securities and money market futures. Other major U.S. macroeconomic news announcements also do not give rise to preannouncement excess equity returns. We discuss challenges in explaining these returns with standard asset pricing theory.