The Role of Chinese Economic Variables on the Australian and New Zealand Equity Returns
48 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2019
Date Written: October 14, 2019
This study investigates the explanatory power of Chinese economic variables on the Australian and New Zealand equity returns. Results suggest that Chinese economic variables have significant explanatory power for both market-level and industry-level portfolio returns. Our results are robust when using the Principal Component Analysis (PCA) approach. We also find the predictive power is stronger for the post-FTA period. In addition, the out-of-sample analysis confirms our previous results, suggesting that Chinese economic variables contain incremental information when estimating Australian and New Zealand equity market returns. We believe our findings have important implications for investors and policymakers in both countries.
Keywords: return predictive ability, economic variables, out-of-sample forecast, principal component analysis
JEL Classification: C53, F3, G12, G17
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