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Flight-to-safety and the risk-return trade-off: European evidence

Nektarios Aslanidis, Charlotte Christiansen and Christos Savva ()

Finance Research Letters, 2020, vol. 35, issue C

Abstract: This paper investigates flight-to-safety from stocks to bonds in six European markets. We use quantile regressions to identify flight-to-safety episodes. The conditional risk-return trade-off on the stock markets is negative. Flight-to-safety episodes strengthen the negative trade-off. The effects of flight-to-safety episodes on the trade-off are qualitatively similar for own country flight-to-safety episodes, for flight from own country stock market to the US bond market, and for US flight-to-safety episodes. The strength of the trade-off is strongest for US flight-to-safety episodes. Flight-from-safety has the opposite effect on the trade-off.

Keywords: Flight-to-safety; Risk-return trade-off; European markets; Stock market; Bond market (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C58 G11 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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