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International Portfolio Diversification and Market Linkages in the presence of regime-switching volatility


  • Thomas Flavin

    (NUI, Maynooth)

  • Ekaterini Panopoulou

    (NUI, Maynooth)


We examine if the benefits of international portfolio diversification are robust to time-varying asset return volatility. Since diversified portfolios are subject to common cross-country shocks, we focus on the transmission mechanism of such shocks in the presence of regime-switching volatility. We find little evidence of incresaed market interdependence in turbulent periods. Furthermore, for the vast majority of time, we show that risk reduction is delivered for the US investor who holds foreign equit

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  • Thomas Flavin & Ekaterini Panopoulou, 2007. "International Portfolio Diversification and Market Linkages in the presence of regime-switching volatility," Money Macro and Finance (MMF) Research Group Conference 2006 150, Money Macro and Finance Research Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:mmf:mmfc06:150

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    1. Iuliia Brushko & Yuko Hashimoto, 2014. "The Role of Country Concentration in the International Portfolio Investment Positions for the European Union Members," IMF Working Papers 14/74, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Abdullahi, Shafiu Ibrahim, 2017. "Stock Market Linkage, Financial Contagion and Assets Price Movements: Evidence from Nigerian Stock Exchange," MPRA Paper 83455, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Nov 2017.
    3. Thomas Flavin & Ekaterini Panopoulou, 2006. "Shift versus traditional contagion in Asian markets," The Institute for International Integration Studies Discussion Paper Series iiisdp176, IIIS.

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    Market comovement; International portfolio diversification; Financial market crises; Regime switching;

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    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission

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