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Title: Interest and inflation risk: Investor behavior
Authors: Gonzalez, MDLO
Jareno, F
Skinner, FS
Keywords: Unexpected inflation;interest rates;Stock return;Business Cycle;Investor behavior
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Citation: Frontiers in Psychology, 7(390), (2016)
Abstract: We examine investor behavior under interest and inflation risk in different scenarios. To that end, we analyze the relation between stock returns and unexpected changes in nominal and real interest rates and inflation for the US stock market. This relation is examined in detail by breaking the results down from the US stock market level to sector, sub-sector and to individual industries as the ability of different industries to absorb unexpected changes in interest rates and inflation can vary by industry and by contraction and expansion sub-periods. While most significant relations are conventionally negative, some are consistently positive. This suggests some relevant implications on investor behavior. Thus, investments in industries with this positive relation can form a safe haven from unexpected changes in real and nominal interest rates. Gold has an insignificant beta during recessionary conditions hinting that Gold can be a safe haven during recessions. However, Gold also has a consistent negative relation to unexpected changes in inflation thereby damaging the claim that Gold is a hedge against inflation.
ISSN: 1664-1078
Appears in Collections:Dept of Economics and Finance Research Papers

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