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Global Political Uncertainty and Asset Prices

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  • Jonathan Brogaard
  • Lili Dai
  • Phong T H Ngo
  • Bohui Zhang

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We show that global political uncertainty, measured by the U.S. election cycle, on average, leads to a fall in equity returns in fifty non-U.S. countries. At the same time, market volatilities rise, local currencies depreciate, and sovereign bond returns increase. The effect of global political uncertainty on equity prices increases with the level of uncertainty in U.S. election outcomes and a country’s equity market exposure to foreign investors, but does not vary with the country’s international trade exposure. These findings suggest that global political uncertainty increases investors’ aggregate risk aversion, leading to a flight to safety.Received June 12, 2017; editorial decisionMay27, 2019 by Editor AndrewKarolyi. Authors have furnished an Internet Appendix, which is available on the Oxford University Press Web site next to the link to the final published paper online.

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  • Jonathan Brogaard & Lili Dai & Phong T H Ngo & Bohui Zhang, 2020. "Global Political Uncertainty and Asset Prices," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 33(4), pages 1737-1780.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revfin:v:33:y:2020:i:4:p:1737-1780.
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