Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Working Paper
42 Pages Posted: 16 Mar 2002
Date Written: February 25, 2002
We study the impact of silver price changes on stock returns from seven small open economies that switched between silver, gold, and paper money standards at different times between 1873 and 1939. Silver exposure is a priced factor in monthly equity returns. Silver price changes forecast realized monthly equity risk premiums, suggesting that expected risk premiums varied with the price of silver. Silver price changes forecast annual indicators of trade flows, global business cycles, and inflation. The evidence suggests how corporate profits and stock market risk premiums are linked to exchange rates, trade, economic activity, and inflation.
Keywords: Exchange rates, exchange rate exposures, equity market risk premiums
JEL Classification: F31, G12, G15
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Bailey, Warren and Bhaopichitr, Kirida, How Important was Silver? Some Evidence on Exchange Rate Fluctuations and Stock Returns in Colonial-Era Asia (February 25, 2002). Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Working Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=303160 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.303160