Decomposing European Bond and Equity Volatility

33 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2004

Date Written: May 14, 2007


The paper investigates volatility spillover from US and aggregate European asset markets into European national asset markets. A main contribution is that bond and equity volatility spillover is analyzed simultaneously. A new model belonging to the "volatility-spillover" class is suggested: The conditional variance of e.g. the unexpected German stock return is divided into separate effects from US bonds, US stocks, European bonds, European stocks, German bonds, and German stocks. Significant volatility spillover effects are found. The national bond (stock) volatilities are mainly influenced by bond (stock) effects. After the introduction of the euro the European markets have become more integrated; bond markets more so than stock markets.

Keywords: European Asset Markets, Euro, GARCH, Integration of Financial Markets

JEL Classification: C32, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Christiansen, Charlotte, Decomposing European Bond and Equity Volatility (May 14, 2007). Available at SSRN: or

Charlotte Christiansen (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - CREATES ( email )

Fuglesangs Alle 4
Aarhus V, DK 8210

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