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Economic Downturn and Efficient Market Hypothesis: Lessons so Far for Ghana

Winful, Ernest C. and (JNR), David Sarpong and Agbodohu, William (2013): Economic Downturn and Efficient Market Hypothesis: Lessons so Far for Ghana. Published in: Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business Research , Vol. 2, No. 6 (September 2013): pp. 205-211.

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Like all good theories, market efficiency has major limitations, even though it continues to be the source of important and enduring insights. This is a conceptual framework on global financial crisis and Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH). Despite the theory’s undoubted limitations, the claim that it is responsible for the current worldwide crisis seems wildly exaggerated. This paper discusses many of those claims. It was identified that many of these claims were without merit and what developing economies need to consider and worry about is how they can strategize well to insulate themselves from the effects of global financial crisis whenever they arise and even capitalize on it to reap maximum benefits from the situation. Since African stock markets are seen to be providing investors in the developed economies the benefits of portfolio diversification, Ghana should be thinking of what they can benefit from the crisis which we refer to as an opportunity in this paper. Leaders in emerging economies should not sit aloof and believe that the adverse impact is certainly going to affect their economy but they should rather focus on minimizing the effects and taking advantage of the distortions in the developed economies.

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