Flights to Safety

72 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2013 Last revised: 16 Jan 2019

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Lieven Baele

Tilburg University - Department of Finance

Geert Bekaert

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

Koen Inghelbrecht

Ghent University - Department of Economics

Min Wei

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve - Division of Monetary Affairs

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Date Written: June 27, 2018

Abstract

We identify flight-to-safety (FTS) days for 23 countries using only stock and bond returns and a model averaging approach. FTS days comprise less than 2% of the sample, and are associated with a 2.7% average bond-equity return differential and significant flows out of equity funds and into government bond and money market funds. FTS represents flights to both quality and liquidity in international equity markets, but mainly a flight-to-quality in the US corporate bond market. Emerging markets, endowment funds, and hedge funds all perform poorly during FTS, while hedge funds appear to vary their systematic exposures prior to a FTS.

Keywords: Flight-to-Safety, Flight-to-Quality, Stock-Bond Return Correlation, Liquidity, Hedge Funds

JEL Classification: G11, G12, G14, E43, E44

Suggested Citation

Baele, Lieven and Bekaert, Geert and Inghelbrecht, Koen and Wei, Min, Flights to Safety (June 27, 2018). Netspar Discussion Paper No. 05/2013-034. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2342138 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2342138

Lieven Baele

Tilburg University - Department of Finance ( email )

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Geert Bekaert (Contact Author)

Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )

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Koen Inghelbrecht

Ghent University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Min Wei

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve - Division of Monetary Affairs ( email )

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Washington, DC 20551
United States

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