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Modeling volatility and correlations between emerging market stock prices and the prices of copper, oil and wheat

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Increased financial integration between countries and the financialization of commodity markets are providing investors with new ways to diversify their investment portfolios. This paper uses VARMA-AGARCH and DCC-AGARCH models to model volatilities and conditional correlations between emerging market stock prices, copper prices, oil prices and wheat prices. The dynamic conditional correlation model is found to fit the data the best and used to generate dynamic conditional correlations, hedge ratios and optimal portfolio weights. Emerging market stock prices and oil prices display leverage effects where negative residuals tend to increase the variance (conditional volatility) more than positive ones. Correlations between these assets increased considerably after 2008, and have yet to return to their pre 2008 values. On average, oil provides the cheapest hedge for emerging market stock prices while copper is the most expensive but given the variability in the hedge ratios, one should probably not put too much emphasis on average hedge ratios.

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  • Sadorsky, Perry, 2014. "Modeling volatility and correlations between emerging market stock prices and the prices of copper, oil and wheat," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 72-81.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:eneeco:v:43:y:2014:i:c:p:72-81
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2014.02.014
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    Keywords

    Emerging markets; Multivariate GARCH; Volatility; Oil prices;

    JEL classification:

    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • Q43 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Energy and the Macroeconomy

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