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Long-run equilibrium adjustment between inflation and stock market returns in South Africa: a nonlinear perspective

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Following the global financial crisis of 2007-2008, the empirical investigation into financial variables affecting the performance of stock markets gained prominence in empirical research. This study investigates the asymmetric cointegration effects of inflation on the stock market returns for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) using monthly data collected from 2003:01 to 2014:12. The empirical model used in the study is the momentum threshold autoregressive (MTAR) model. Indeed, our results reveal a negative, nonlinear cointegration relationship between inflation and stock returns in South Africa with causality running unidirectional from inflation to stock returns. The results further suggest that investors cannot hedge against rising inflation by investing in equity stocks listed on the JSE. Second, monetary policy, through the use of inflation targets, can provide a stable financial environment for the growth of equity markets in South Africa.

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  • Andrew Phiri, 2017. "Long-run equilibrium adjustment between inflation and stock market returns in South Africa: a nonlinear perspective," International Journal of Sustainable Economy, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 9(1), pages 19-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijsuse:v:9:y:2017:i:1:p:19-33
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    1. Kolisi, Nwabisa & Phiri, Andrew, 2017. "Changes in the relationship between interest rates and housing prices in South Africa around the 2007 financial crisis," MPRA Paper 80173, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Muhammad Kamran Khan & Jian-Zhou Teng & Javed Pervaiz & Sunil Kumar Chaudhary, 2017. "Nexuses between Economic Factors and Stock Returns in China," International Journal of Economics and Finance, Canadian Center of Science and Education, vol. 9(9), pages 182-191, September.
    3. Andrew Phiri, 2020. "Structural changes in exchange rate-stock returns dynamics in South Africa: examining the role of crisis and new trading platform," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 53(1), pages 171-193, February.
    4. Phiri, Andrew, 2017. "Threshold convergence between the federal fund rate and South African equity returns around the colocation period," Business and Economic Horizons (BEH), Prague Development Center (PRADEC), vol. 13(1).
    5. Sinazo Guduza & Andrew Phiri, 2017. "Efficient market hypothesis: Evidence from the JSE equity and bond markets," Working Papers 1718, Department of Economics, Nelson Mandela University, revised Dec 2017.

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    Keywords

    inflation; stock returns; threshold error correction; TEC model; Johannesburg Stock Exchange; JSE; South Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa; SSA; emerging economies; momentum threshold autoregressive model; MTAR; long-run equilibrium adjustment; stock markets; asymmetric cointegration effects; monetary policy; inflation targets.;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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