Interest rate changes and the cross-section of global equity returns

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Zaremba, A
Cakici, N
Bianchi, RJ
Long, H
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2023
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Interest rate changes typically affect equity values. However, if investors react slowly, the repricing may stretch over time. Using a century of data from sixty countries, we demonstrate that past interest rate changes predict the cross-section of equity returns worldwide. The quintile of stock markets with the highest change in government bond yields underperforms the countries with the lowest change by 0.76% per month. The phenomenon is distinctly robust and cannot be explained by known risk factors. Furthermore, the low correlation with other return patterns paves the way for effective country allocation strategies.

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Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control
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147
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Banking, finance and investment
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Zaremba, A; Cakici, N; Bianchi, RJ; Long, H, Interest rate changes and the cross-section of global equity returns, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2023, 147, pp. 104596
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