publication . Preprint . 2002

Increased Correlation in Bear markets: A Downside Risk Perspective

Campbell, Rachel; Koedijk, Kees; Kofman, Paul;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2002
Abstract
A number of studies have provided evidence of increased correlation in global financial market returns during bear markets. Others, however, have shown that some of this evidence may have been biased. We derive an alternative estimator for implied correlation based on portfolio downside risk measures that does not suffer from this bias. These unbiased quantile correlation estimates are directly applicable to portfolio optimization and to risk management techniques in general. This simple and practical approach captures the increasing correlation in extreme market conditions while providing a pragmatic approach to understanding correlation structure in multivaria...
Subjects
free text keywords: correlation; downside risk; extreme returns; international equity markets, jel:G11, jel:G15
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