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Globalization and Stock Market Returns


  • Lam Swee Sum

    () (National University of Singapore)

  • Ang William Wee-Lian

    () (PrimePartners Corporate Finance Pte. Ltd)


With increasing globalization, to what extent do stock market returns reflect global or domestic risk factors? We find a significant relationship between stock market returns and the global market risk factor and macroeconomic factors respectively. In particular, global factors offer four times more explanatory power than domestic factors for developed market stock returns. Yet domestic factors are as important as global ones in emerging economies. Our method allows for the proxies of the state variables to be endogenously determined. The relationship between macroeconomy and stock market returns is robust after accounting for the market factor, firm size and book-to-market characteristics.

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  • Lam Swee Sum & Ang William Wee-Lian, 2006. "Globalization and Stock Market Returns," Global Economy Journal, De Gruyter, vol. 6(1), pages 1-28, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:glecon:v:6:y:2006:i:1:n:1

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    1. José Dias Curto & José Castro Pinto & Joao Eduardo Fernandes, 2006. "World Equity Markets: A New Approach for Segmentation (in English)," Czech Journal of Economics and Finance (Finance a uver), Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, vol. 56(7-8), pages 344-360, July.

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