Uncovered equity “disparity” in emerging markets
Ana-Maria Fuertes (),
Kate Phylaktis () and
Journal of International Money and Finance, 2019, vol. 98, issue C, -
The portfolio-rebalancing theory of Hau and Rey (2006) yields the uncovered equity parity (UEP) prediction that local-currency equity return appreciation is offset by currency depreciation. Vector autoregressive model estimation and tests for eight Asian emerging markets using daily data reveal instead a positive nexus between equity returns and currency returns. The extent of the uncovered equity “disparity” is time-varying and asymmetric since it exacerbates in crises. Our analysis suggests that the UEP failure is primarily due to investors’ return-chasing behavior. Robustness checks confirm that this explanation of the uncovered equity “disparity” is more appropriate than existing flight-to-safety or market risk conjectures.
Keywords: Uncovered equity parity; Equity flows; Equity returns; Foreign exchange rates; Return-chasing; Asian markets (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F31 G10 G11 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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