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Sentiment, foreign equity flows, and returns: Evidence from Thailand’s stock markets

Joseph French () and Wei-Xuan Li

Research in International Business and Finance, 2017, vol. 42, issue C, 816-831

Abstract: We examine the impact of investor sentiment on returns and foreign equity flows in Thailand’s two equity markets: The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and the Market for Alternative Investment (Mai). Consistent with existing literature, this paper shows that foreign equity flows are forecasted by past returns in both of Thailand’s equity markets. In the more widely followed SET, we find a strong negative impact of global risk aversion on foreign investment flows. In the smaller Mai, sentiment positively impacts foreign equity flows. In addition, we show that sentiment is an important variable for forecasting returns in both markets in Thailand.

Keywords: Sentiment; Portfolio equity flows; Equity returns; Financial crises: VIX (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F21 F30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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