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International stock returns and market integration: A regional perspective

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  • Robin Brooks
  • Marco Del Negro

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An empirical regularity in the portfolio diversification literature is the importance of country effects in explaining international return variation. We develop a new decomposition that disaggregates these country effects into region effects and within-region country effects. We find that half the return variation typically attributed to country effects is actually due to region effects, a result robust across developed and emerging markets, with the remaining variation explained by within-region country effects. For the average investor, this means that diversifying across countries within Europe, for example, delivers half the risk reduction possible from diversifying across regions globally.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta in its series Working Paper with number 2002-20.

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Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedawp:2002-20

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Keywords: Financial markets ; Risk;

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  1. Elena Fedorova & Mika Vaihekoski, 2009. "Global and Local Sources of Risk in Eastern European Emerging Stock Markets," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 59(1), pages 2-19, January.
  2. Philip Lane & Sébastien Wälti, 2006. "The Euro and Financial Integration," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp139, IIIS.
  3. Christian Aubin & Jean-Pierre Berdot & Daniel Goyeau & Jacques Léonard, 2005. "Quelle convergence financière pour les pecos ?. Une analyse économétrique de l'évolution des marchés d'actions (1998-2003)," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 56(1), pages 147-169.
  4. repec:udt:wpbsdt:2012-03 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Michael Donadelli & Marcella Lucchetta, 2013. "Emerging Stock Premia: Some Evidence From Industrial Stock Market Data," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 3(4), pages 398-422, April.
  6. Marcella Lucchetta & Michael Donadelli, 2012. "Emerging Stock Premia: Do Industries Matter?," Working Papers 2012_22, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".

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