Descriptive Analysis of Finnish Equity, Bond, and Money Markets
54 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2005 Last revised: 2 Apr 2011
Date Written: March 31, 2011
This paper gathers the longest available historical monthly return series for the Finnish equity, bond, and money markets as well as inflation. The series are analyzed to calculate the statistical characteristics of the returns investors would have received in these markets. We also survey existing literature concerning the history of these markets and review the main developments to facilitate future research on the long-term development of the Finnish markets. Using a new total return stock market index for Finland in an approach similar to Mehra and Prescott (2003), we find the equity premium for Finland to be 10.14 percent from 1913 to 2009.
Keywords: Equity, bond, money market, risk premium, Finland, Helsinki Stock Exchange
JEL Classification: G10, G11, N24
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