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On the robustness of international portfolio diversification benefits to regime-switching volatility

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  • Flavin, Thomas J.
  • Panopoulou, Ekaterini

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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. Generally, market linkages are stable with little evidence of increased market interdependence in turbulent periods. Furthermore, risk reduction is consistently delivered for the US investor who holds foreign equity.

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  • Flavin, Thomas J. & Panopoulou, Ekaterini, 2009. "On the robustness of international portfolio diversification benefits to regime-switching volatility," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 19(1), pages 140-156, February.
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    1. ThomasJ. Flavin & Ekaterini Panopoulou, 2010. "Detecting Shift And Pure Contagion In East Asian Equity Markets: A Unified Approach," Pacific Economic Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 15(3), pages 401-421, August.
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    Keywords

    Market comovement Shift contagion Financial market crises International portfolio diversification Regime switching;

    JEL classification:

    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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