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The Time Series Behaviour of Asset Prices: Evidence from UK Futures Markets


  • Fraser, Patricia
  • McKaig, Andrew J


Using daily settlement prices for a range of real and financial futures over the period 6 April 1981-31 October 1995, this paper considers the extent to which, ex post, asset prices depart from random behaviour and investigates the efficiency of the markets within which the prices of the assets are determined. Our findings suggest, first, that there would appear to be substantial departures from randomness across markets. Second, the characteristics of the reported departures from randomness differ between markets. Third, for six of the nine assets analysed we found some evidence to suggest rejection of semi-strong market efficiency. Copyright @ 1998 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Fraser, Patricia & McKaig, Andrew J, 1998. "The Time Series Behaviour of Asset Prices: Evidence from UK Futures Markets," International Journal of Finance & Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 3(2), pages 143-155, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ijf:ijfiec:v:3:y:1998:i:2:p:143-55

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    1. Patricia Fraser & Andrew McKaig, 2001. "Basis variation and a common source of risk: evidence from UK futures markets," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(1), pages 39-62.

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