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Qual Quant ; 56(4): 2199-2214, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1959064


We assess the hedging capabilities of four prominent precious metals namely gold, palladium, platinum and silver against market risks due to epidemics and pandemics. The research objective is informed by the COVID-19 pandemic which amplifies health risks with attendant concerns for financial markets. We utilize the health-related uncertainty index developed by Baker et al. (Equity market volatility: infectious disease tracker [INFECTDISEMVTRACK], 2020) which measures uncertainty in the financial markets due to infectious diseases including the COVID-19 pandemic and construct a predictive model that accommodates the salient features of both the predictand and predictor series. Our results support the safe haven property only for gold before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We push the analysis further for in-sample and out-of-sample forecast evaluation and find that accounting for uncertainty due to infectious diseases improves the forecast of the four precious metals relative to the benchmark model (historical average). We highlight for investors that the gold market remains the safest market among the precious metals particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International Journal of Finance & Economics ; n/a(n/a), 2021.
Article in English | Wiley | ID: covidwho-1047178


Abstract The global lockdowns including movement restrictions during COVID-19 pandemic impacted the hospitality business negatively and by extension the trading of related stocks such as travel & tourism stocks. Owing to the long standing hedging potential of gold, we examine whether this potential can be extended to the travel & tourism stocks in order to hedge against the associated risks caused by the current pandemic. Using daily data from January 2016 to July 2020 and constructing optimal portfolio strategies, we find that gold serves as a very strong hedge and safe haven for travel & tourism stocks, most especially in the pandemic period. This conclusion validates the inclusion of gold in the diversified portfolio of travel & tourism stocks in order to improve the risk-adjusted return performance for investors in the sector particularly during COVID-19 pandemic.

Borsa Istanbul Review ; 2020.
Article in English | ScienceDirect | ID: covidwho-947136


In this study, we examine the response of emerging stock markets due to the uncertainty of pandemics and epidemics (UPE), including the COVID-19 pandemic. We demonstrate this by evaluating the stock return predictability of 24 emerging market stocks using the new datasets on uncertainty due to pandemics as well as the global fear index for the COVID-19 pandemic. We partition the data sample into periods before and after the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic and employ panel data techniques that account for salient features of both the series and predictive model. We found that emerging stock markets are more vulnerable to UPE than developed market stocks. Put differently, developed stock markets provide a better hedge against UPE than emerging stock markets. We also find that incorporating the UPE indicator in the valuation of stocks, particularly during pandemics, is crucial for investment decisions.