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Are stocks a good hedge against inflation? evidence from emerging markets

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Abstract:

Theory suggests that equities are a good hedge against inflation. However, most of the empirical evidence for industrialized economies suggests that the relationship between stock returns and inflation is negative. One explanation is the negative correlation between inflation and real output growth. This paper examines the relationship between inflation and stock returns for ten important Emerging Stock Market (ESM) markets, namely, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, S. Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines and Turkey, during the 1990s. To anticipate the results, the relationship between stock returns and inflation, for the whole sample period, is positive and statistically significant for three of the sample ESMs, while it is positive (but statistically insignificant) for a further three. Only for one ESM is the relationship negative and statistically significant. This result may be due to the role of money and the positive relationship between consumer prices and output.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0003684042000177189

Affiliations: Department of Accounting & Finance Athens University of Economics and Business 76 Pattision Str. Athens 10434 Greece, Email: sis@hol.gr

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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