Do not Fear the Fear Index: Evidence from US, UK and European Markets

Chandorkar, Pankaj and Brzeszczynski, Janusz (2018) Do not Fear the Fear Index: Evidence from US, UK and European Markets. In: 25th Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society, 24th - 27th June 2018, Budapest, Hungary.

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The VIX index is popularly known as "the fear index" both in the business media and in academic literature. Following the popularity of the VIX, similar indices were introduced in the UK and European stock markets as an indication of investor uncertainty. In this article, we investigate this popular idea by examining whether these indices indeed reflect investor fear. The results of long horizon predictive regressions show that these fear indices as well as extreme jumps in them fail to predict statistically significant negative market returns up to next five years. Moreover, response of valuation ratios and leading business cycle indicators to shocks in the fear indices are statistically insignificant. However, monetary policy in US, UK and Europe appear to respond significantly to fear indices. Collectively, the results imply that long-term investors do not need to fear these fear indices.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: VIX index, VSTOXX index, returns, investor fear, monetary policy
Subjects: N300 Finance
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2018 09:49
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:04

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