Exploration of Safe Havens for Africa’s Stock Markets: A Test Case under COVID-19 Crisis
11 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2020 Last revised: 17 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 7, 2020
The bear markets associated with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis present a test case to examine the traditionally expounded safe haven capabilities of gold and other precious metals, as well as the growing claims that bitcoin is the new “virtual gold” of our time. New evidence from our paper fails to corroborate such claims, however, we find bitcoin as a complementary safe haven asset. Further results show that none of the traditional safe havens and bitcoin could offer refuge for Africa’s emerging equity markets. Instead, gold and palladium outperform the other candidates to provide sanctuary for small-sized equity markets.
Keywords: Safe haven; Precious metals, Bitcoin; Africa’s stocks; COVID-19
JEL Classification: C32; G11; G15
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