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The Dynamic Relation Between Returns, Trading Volume, and Volatility: Lessons from Spillovers Between Asia and the United States

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Bartosz GebkaORCiD


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This paper investigates the dynamic relationship between index returns, return volatility, and trading volume for eight Asian markets and the US. We find cross-border spillovers in returns to be nonexistent, spillovers in absolute returns between Asia and the US to be strong in both directions, and spillovers in volatility to run from Asia to the US. Trading volume, especially on the Asian markets, depends on shocks in domestic and foreign returns as well as on volatility, especially those shocks originating in the US. However, only weak evidence is found for trading volume influencing other variables. In the light of the theoretical models, these results suggest sequential information arrivals, with investors being overconfident and applying positive feedback strategy. Furthermore, new information causes price volatility to rise due to differences in its interpretation among traders, but the subsequent market reaction takes form of the adjustment in price level, not volatility. Lastly, the intensity of cross-border spillovers seems to have increased following the 1997 crisis, which we interpret as evidence of increased noisiness in prices and diversity in opinions about news originating abroad. Our findings might also help to understand the nature of financial crises, to predict their further developments and consequences.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Gebka B

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Bulletin of Economic Research

Year: 2012

Volume: 64

Issue: 1

Pages: 65-90

Print publication date: 01/01/2012

Online publication date: 29/01/2011

ISSN (print): 0307-3378

ISSN (electronic): 1467-8586

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8586.2010.00371.x


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