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Asymmetries in the African financial markets


  • Gkillas, Konstantinos
  • Vortelinos, Dimitrios I.
  • Suleman, Tahir


We investigate the asymmetries in the African financial markets; both stock and exchanges markets, namely Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. The dataset begins on January 1, 2001 and ends on January 20, 2018, for a total of 4479 trading days. We apply an asymmetric threshold approach with an error-correction model with four dummy variables for both positive/negative and small/large news. Our findings reveal that the foreign exchange markets in Africa are statistically more prone to larger-scale news. We also found a direct reaction to short-term positive/negative stock market news after the global financial crisis. Furthermore, we investigate the total effects of South African economic news releases with an Asymmetric Power Arch model. Our findings suggest substantial discrepancy, which belong to the Southern African Development Community and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa free trade area. SADC stock markets are strongly affected by the economic news releases from South Africa.

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  • Gkillas, Konstantinos & Vortelinos, Dimitrios I. & Suleman, Tahir, 2018. "Asymmetries in the African financial markets," Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 72-87.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:mulfin:v:45:y:2018:i:c:p:72-87
    DOI: 10.1016/j.mulfin.2018.04.004

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    1. Chunling Li & Khansa Pervaiz & Muhammad Asif Khan & Faheem Ur Rehman & Judit Oláh, 2019. "On the Asymmetries of Sovereign Credit Rating Announcements and Financial Market Development in the European Region," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(23), pages 1-14, November.
    2. Stoupos, Nikolaos & Kiohos, Apostolos, 2019. "Scandinavia: Towards the European Monetary Union?," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 74(C), pages 278-291.

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    Economic news; Stock market news; Foreign exchange market; African financial markets;
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    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange


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