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Foreign exchange risk pricing and equity market segmentation in Africa

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  • Kodongo, Odongo
  • Ojah, Kalu

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This work is the first to investigate simultaneously the occurrence of unconditional currency risk pricing and equity market segmentation in Africa's major stock markets. The multi-factor asset pricing theory provides the theoretical framework for our model. We find strong evidence suggesting that Africa's equity markets are partially segmented. However, we find insufficient evidence to reject the hypothesis that foreign exchange risk is not unconditionally priced in Africa's stock markets. This result is robust to alternative foreign exchange rate-adjusted return measures. These findings suggest that international investors can diversify into Africa's equity markets without worrying about unconditional risks associated with foreign exchange rate fluctuations.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Banking & Finance.

Volume (Year): 35 (2011)
Issue (Month): 9 (September)
Pages: 2295-2310

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:35:y:2011:i:9:p:2295-2310

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Keywords: Foreign exchange risk Africa's equity markets Unconditional multi-factor asset pricing models Market segmentation;

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  3. Al-Shboul, Mohammad & Anwar, Sajid, 2014. "Time-varying exchange rate exposure and exchange rate risk pricing in the Canadian Equity Market," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 37(C), pages 451-463.

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