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Testing the Weak-Form Informational Efficiency of United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan’s Capital Markets

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  • Otilia SARAMAT

    (West University of Timişoara, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Timişoara, Romania)

  • Bogdan DIMA

    (West University of Timişoara, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Timişoara, Romania)

This paper examines the weak form of informational efficiency for of three major capital markets, namely United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan. Results are obtained for DJI, FTSE 100 and NIKKEI 225 indexes, over a span time from 1995 to 2010. Our analysis uses the so called Lo-MacKinlay (1988) Variance Ratio Tests and some unit root tests in order to estimate if this indexes evolve as random walk processes. First we have considered that the Hurst exponent series were random walks so that variances were computed for differences of the data, second we assumed that these series follow an exponential random walk so that the innovations are obtained by taking log differences, and third the series contains the random walk innovations themselves. The results suggest that the Hurst exponent for the prices series can not be described as random walk processes. The unit root analysis suggest that overall, the trend stationarity hypothesis can be rejected in the favour of unit root with drift processes. We conclude that the adjustmenst procese son this markets can not be described accordingly to the postulates of weak informationally efficientcy hypothesis.

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Article provided by West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration in its journal Timisoara Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 4 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2(14) ()
Pages: 111-122

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Handle: RePEc:wun:journl:tje:v04:y2011:i2(14):a05
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