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Equity, credit and the business cycle

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Both domestic economies and financial markets are affected by cycles that are often represented through multi-state models such as Markov Switching (MS) models. This article discusses the performances associated to the government bond, the equity and the credit cases along the business cycle, using both an European and a US dataset over the 1987 to 2010 period. Periods of noninflationary growth have been strongly supportive to the credit universe, whereas inflationary growth has led to a strong performance of the equity asset class. On the contrary, recession periods are characterized by strong performances from government and investment grade bonds. These statements hold both in the US and in the European cases.

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  • Florian Ielpo, 2012. "Equity, credit and the business cycle," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 22(12), pages 939-954, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:22:y:2012:i:12:p:939-954
    DOI: 10.1080/09603107.2011.631891
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    1. Pok-san Lam, 1997. "A Markov switching model of GNP growth with duration dependence," Discussion Paper / Institute for Empirical Macroeconomics 124, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
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    1. Julien Chevallier & Florian Ielpo, 2013. "Volatility spillovers in commodity markets," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(13), pages 1211-1227, September.
    2. Aboura, Sofiane & Chevallier, Julien, 2015. "Volatility returns with vengeance: Financial markets vs. commodities," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 33(C), pages 334-354.
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