International Tail Risk and World Fear
35 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2017 Last revised: 17 Sep 2019
Date Written: January 7, 2019
We examine the pricing of tail risk in international stock markets. Studying all MSCI Developed and Emerging Markets countries, we find that the tail risk of these countries is highly integrated. We find that both local and our newly computed global tail risk strongly predict global equity index excess returns. These results hold both in-sample and out-of-sample. Sorting countries into portfolios by their tail risk generates sizable excess returns across various holding periods. Finally, we find that global tail risk is linked to international economic activity.
Keywords: Jump Risk, Tail Risk, International Stock Market Returns, Return Predictability, International Asset Pricing, Factor Models
JEL Classification: G01, G11, G12, G17
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