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Stock Market Volatility: Examining North America, Europe and Asia

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  • Gamini Premaratne
  • Lakshmi Bala

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An understanding of volatility in stock markets is important for determining the cost of capital and for assessing investment and leverage decisions as volatility is synonymous with risk. Substantial changes in volatility of financial markets are capable of having significant negative effects on risk averse investors. Using daily returns from 1992 to 2002, we investigate volatility co-movement between the Singapore stock market and the markets of US, UK, Hong Kong and Japan. In order to gauge volatility comovement, we employ econometric models of (i) Univariate GARCH (ii) Vector Autoregression and (iii) a Multivariate and Asymmetric Multivariate GARCH model with GJR extensions. The empirical results indicate that there is a high degree of volatility co-movement between Singapore stock market and that of Hong Kong, US, Japan and UK (in that order). Results support small but significant volatility spillover from Singapore into Hong Kong, Japan and US markets despite the latter three being dominant markets. Most of the previous research concludes that spillover effects are significant only from the dominant market to the smaller market and that the volatility spillover effects are unidirectional. Our study evinces that it is plausible for volatility to spill over from the smaller market to the dominant market. At a substantive level, studies on volatility co-movement and spillover provide useful information for risk analysis.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings with number 479.

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Keywords: Multivariate GARCH; Volatility Spillover; comovement;

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  1. Egert, Balazs & Kocenda, Evzen, 2007. "Interdependence between Eastern and Western European stock markets: Evidence from intraday data," Economic Systems, Elsevier, vol. 31(2), pages 184-203, June.
  2. Paramita Mukherjee, 2011. "An exploration on volatility across India and some developed and emerging equity markets," Asia-Pacific Development Journal, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), vol. 18(2), pages 79-103, December.
  3. Priyanka Singh & Brajesh Kumar & Pandey, Ajay, . "Price and Volatility Spillovers across North American, European and Asian Stock Markets: With Special Focus on Indian Stock Market," IIMA Working Papers WP2008-12-04, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.
  4. Singh, Priyanka & Kumar, Brajesh & Pandey, Ajay, 2010. "Price and volatility spillovers across North American, European and Asian stock markets," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 55-64, January.

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