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Financial markets of the LAC region: Does the crisis influence the financial integration?

Rui Dias, Jacinto Vidigal da Silva and Andreia Dionísio

International Review of Financial Analysis, 2019, vol. 63, issue C, 160-173

Abstract: This paper aims to analyse financial integration in the emerging markets of Latin America in the context of the dot-com and subprime financial crises. To do so, different approaches were adopted to answer two questions, namely: (i) the financial markets of Latin America show significant levels of integration in periods of financial crisis? and (ii) if there are persistent long memories in the data series, will portfolio risk diversification be called into question? The results obtained suggest that the markets are partially integrated in crisis and non-crisis periods. In addition, financial series do not present significant persistent long memories arising from the subprime crisis. The 2008 crisis was found to have a greater impact on the cross correlation coefficients of the Latin American stock markets than the dot-com crisis. In terms of conclusion, it is considered that the financial markets of Latin America were affected by the dot-com and subprime crises. However, there was a re-balance in these regional markets which could create conditions for possible diversification strategies.

Keywords: Financial integration; Emerging markets; Long memory; Risk diversification (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C58 G10 G11 G12 G14 G15 F30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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