The Correlation Structure of Unexpected Returns in U.S. Equities
Posted: 20 Feb 2009
Date Written: February 16, 2009
We examine the correlations between unexpected market moves and unexpected equity portfolio moves conditional on market performance. We derive unexpected returns from a two-stage regime switching model. The model allows for time-varying expected returns where the market portfolio alone dictates the regime switching process. Portfolios exhibit a natural hedge where correlations during extreme unexpected market downturns are generally negative. During unexpected market upswings, correlations increase. Using the unconditional analysis would lead to overhedging during market downturns and underhedging during market upswings. The adjustments to the unconditional hedging strategy conditional on extreme market movements frequently exceed /- 10%.
Keywords: G11, G12
JEL Classification: Large returns, conditional correlation, equity portfolios, diversification, portfolio
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