A Statistical Measure of Global Equity Market Risk

8 Pages Posted: 9 Nov 2020

See all articles by Daniel Felix Ahelegbey

Daniel Felix Ahelegbey

University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management

Date Written: November 6, 2020

Abstract

We construct a new index of global equity market risk (EMR) using market interconnectedness and volatilities. We study the relationship between our EMR and the VIX over the last two decades. The EMR is shown to be a novel approach to measuring global market risk, and an alternative to the VIX. Using data of 20 major stock markets, including G10 economies, we find spikes in our EMR index during the dotcom bubble, the global financial crisis, the European sovereign debt crisis, and the novel coronavirus pandemic. The result shows that the global financial crisis and the Covid-19 induced crisis record the historic highest spikes in financial market risk, suggesting stronger evidence of contagion in both periods.

Keywords: COVID-19, Financial Crises, Financial Markets, Market Risk, Mahalanobis Distance, Volatility Index

JEL Classification: C11, C15, C51, C52, C55, C58, G01, G12

Suggested Citation

Ahelegbey, Daniel Felix, A Statistical Measure of Global Equity Market Risk (November 6, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3726063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3726063

Daniel Felix Ahelegbey (Contact Author)

University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management ( email )

Via San Felice 7
Pavia, Lombardia 27100
Italy
+393888931128 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/danielfelixahey/home

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
64
Abstract Views
342
Rank
512,277
PlumX Metrics