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Measuring Investors' Risk Appetite

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  • Gai, Prasanna
  • Vause, Nicholas
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    This paper proposes a method for measuring investor risk appetite based on the variation in the ratio of risk-neutral to subjective probabilities used by investors in evaluating possible future returns to an asset. Unlike other indicators advanced in the literature, our measure of market sentiment distinguishes risk appetite from risk aversion, and is reported in levels rather than changes. Implementation of the approach yields results that respond to crises and other major economic events in a plausible manner.

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    Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 818.

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    Date of creation: 07 Dec 2005
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    Publication status: Published in International Journal of Central Banking Number 1.Volume(2006): pp. 167-188
    Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:818

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    Keywords: Risk appetite; market sentiment; risk-neutral pricing; risk aversion;

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    1. Kenneth A. Froot & Paul G. J. O'Connell, 2003. "The Risk Tolerance of International Investors," NBER Working Papers 10157, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Balogh, Peter & Kovacs, Sandor & Chaiboonsri, Chukiat & Chaitip, Prasert, 2009. "Forecasting with X-12-ARIMA: International tourist arrivals to India and Thailand," APSTRACT: Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, AGRIMBA, vol. 3.
    2. Brenda González-Hermosillo, 2008. "Investors’ Risk Appetite and Global Financial Market Conditions," IMF Working Papers 08/85, International Monetary Fund.

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