Incorporating Macro-Financial Linkages into Forecasts Using Financial Conditions Indices: The Case of France

Author/Editor:

Piyabha Kongsamut ; Christian Mumssen ; Anne-Charlotte Paret ; Thierry Tressel

Publication Date:

December 1, 2017

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

How can information on financial conditions be used to better understand macroeconomic developments and improve macroeconomic projections? We investigate this question for France by constructing country-specific financial conditions indices (FCIs) that are tailored to movements in GDP, investment, private consumption and exports respectively. We rely on a VAR approach to estimate the weights of the financial components of each FCI, including equity market returns (which turn out having a relatively strong weight across all FCIs), private sector risk premiums, long-term interest rates, and banks’ credit standards. We find that the tailored FCIs are useful as leading indicators of GDP, investment, and exports, and as a contemporaneous indicator of private consumption. Credit volumes turn out to be lagging indicators of growth. The indices inform us on macro-financial linkages in France and are used to improve the accuracy of quarterly forecasting models and high-frequency “nowcast” models. We show that FCI-augmented models could have significantly improved forecasts during and after the global financial crisis.

Series:

Working Paper No. 17/269

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2017

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484330968/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2017269

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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