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Stock market integration between the BRICS countries: Long-term investment opportunities
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Economics.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Aktiemarknadsintegration mellan BRICS länderna : Långsiktiga investeringsmöjligheter (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

This paper investigates the long-term diversification opportunities that exists for global investors among the BRICS nations. It analyzes how risk-averse investors can allocate funds between the countries in order to maximize the expected return in relation to the overall risk. It utilizes an empirical cointegration approach in tandem with modern portfolio theory during the time period 1999-2019. The empirical results of cointegration that is found supports the suggestion that the BRICS markets have a stable risk-premium between each other and that they all share similar systematic risk factors. The results further support the construction of a portfolio solely compromising of stocks from four out of the five BRICS markets, since then they do not share any long-run co-movements with each other. Moreover, the markets of Brazil, India, China and South Africa are strong candidates for reducing portfolio risk without sacrificing the adjusted portfolio return. The results also indicate several causal relationships between the nations, with China as the main driving force. This suggest that shocks in the Chinese market will spread and effect the rest of the BRICS markets, either directly or through one of the other markets. This is important knowledge for global policy-makers since China could be affected by markets outside the co-operation and subsequently transfer it to the rest of the BRICS markets. Since the countries accounts approximately 25 % of the global GDP, policy-makers must act with great care before implementing economic policies against China, since the consequences can have a much larger and wider effect than they anticipate.

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2019. , p. 44
Keywords [en]
BRICS; cointegration; diversification; causality; systematic risk; risk-premium
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158655ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--19/03125--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-158655DiVA, id: diva2:1335736
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Master Thesis in Economics
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Available from: 2019-07-07 Created: 2019-07-07 Last updated: 2019-08-12Bibliographically approved

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