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The effects of war risk on US financial markets

  • Rigobon, Roberto
  • Sack, Brian

This paper measures the effects of the risk of war on nine U.S. financial variables using a heteroskedasticity-based estimation technique. The results indicate that increases in the risk of war cause declines in Treasury yields and equity prices, a widening of lower-grade corporate spreads, a fall in the dollar, and a rise in oil prices. This war risk factor' accounted for a considerable portion of the variance of these financial variables over the ten weeks leading up to the onset of war with Iraq.

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Volume (Year): 29 (2005)
Issue (Month): 7 (July)
Pages: 1769-1789

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbfina:v:29:y:2005:i:7:p:1769-1789
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