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Is VIX an investor fear gauge in BRIC equity markets?


  • Sarwar, Ghulam


This study examines the intertemporal relationships between CBOE market volatility index (VIX) and stock market returns in Brazil, Russia, India, and China (BRIC), and between VIX and U.S. stock market returns, to uncover if VIX serves as an investor fear gauge in BRIC and U.S. markets. We conduct the VIX-returns analysis for the 1993–2007 period.

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  • Sarwar, Ghulam, 2012. "Is VIX an investor fear gauge in BRIC equity markets?," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 55-65.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mulfin:v:22:y:2012:i:3:p:55-65 DOI: 10.1016/j.mulfin.2012.01.003

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    3. Chang, C-L. & Hsieh, T-L. & McAleer, M.J., 2016. "How are VIX and Stock Index ETF Related?," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI2016-07, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
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    More about this item


    VIX; Fear gauge; BRIC; Volatility;

    JEL classification:

    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions


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