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In the Shadow of the United States: The International Transmission Effect of Asset Returns

Chang, Kuang Liang and Chen, Nan Kuang and Leung, Charles Ka Yui (2011): In the Shadow of the United States: The International Transmission Effect of Asset Returns.

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Abstract

We examine how the fluctuations in financial and housing markets in U.S. affect the asset returns and GDP in Hong Kong. In contrast to the results from linear specifications, which concludes that the U.S. and Hong Kong are virtually delinked in terms of the asset markets, our regime-switching models indicate that the unexpected shock of US stock returns, followed by the TED spread, has the most significant effect on HK asset returns and GDP, typically in the regime with high return and low volatility. For the in-sample one-step-ahead forecasting, US Term spread stands out to be the best predictor.

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