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International Portfolio Diversification and Market Linkages in the presence of regime-switching volatility

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  • Thomas Flavin
  • Ekaterini Panopoulou

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We examine if the benefits of international portfolio diversification are robust to time-varying asset return volatility. Since diversified portfolios are subject to common cross-country shocks, we focus on the transmission mechanism of such shocks in the presence of regime-switching volatility. We find little evidence of increased market interdependence in turbulent periods. Furthermore, for the vast majority of time, we show that risk reduction is delivered for the US investor who holds foreign equity.

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Paper provided by IIIS in its series The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series with number iiisdp167.

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Keywords: Market comovement; International portfolio diversification; Financial market crises; Regime switching.;

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  1. Thomas Flavin & Ekaterini Panopoulou, 2006. "Shift versus traditional contagion in Asian markets," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp176, IIIS.

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