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

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  • Thomas Flavin

    (NUI, Maynooth)

  • Ekaterini Panopoulou

    (NUI, Maynooth)

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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 incresaed 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 equit

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Paper provided by Money Macro and Finance Research Group in its series Money Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group Conference 2006 with number 150.

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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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