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GLOBAL EQUITY MARKETS’ VOLATILITIES AND RETURNS SPILLOVERS

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Date created: 
2017-12
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Diebold and Yimlaz, in their paper, published in 2009 and titled Measuring Financial Asset Return and Volatility Spillovers, with Application to Global Equity Markets, provided a simple and intuitive measure of interdependence between markets by measuring the returns and volatilities spillovers of 19 countries’ equity markets, an approximation of global equity markets. The goal of this paper is to extend on the original paper from three perspectives. Firstly, the original paper’s results shows markets interdependence results up to 2007, which does not capture the 2008 global financial crisis and its aftermath, and it is very interesting to see what happened during and after such unprecedented crisis, and to see what happened after other major and recent events such as the European sovereign debt crisis. Secondly, this study’s dataset adds two key players in the global economy that are having increasing prominence: Saudi Arabia and India, increasing the number of equity markets studied to 22 countries. Thirdly, this paper uses an improved model that avoids identification schemes based on Cholesky factorization, where variance decompositions calculations depend on the ordering of the variables, by using Generalized VAR, an extension they suggested in 2009 and later used in 2012 for the same purpose of this paper but studying interdependence between different asset classes instead.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Andrey Pavlov
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

HEDGE FUND ALPHA, PERFORMANCE PERSISTENCE AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERFORMANCE AND CAPITAL FLOWS

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Date created: 
2017-12
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I use a comprehensive data set of hedge funds to investigate alpha, performance persistence andcapital formation in the hedge fund industry from 1989 to 2014. First part of this paper describeswhether hedge fund can generate significant positive alphas under different strategies such aslong/short, market neutral, fix income arbitrage, event driven etc. I find that at an over 20-yearhorizon, all the hedge fund strategies can produce positive significant alphas and the long/shortstrategy has the best performance with highest alpha. Then I test the performance persistence ofeach strategy with the rolling regression approach by setting the window size 36 month and findthat hedge fund performance persists at annual or even longer horizons. Moreover, I further try tofind the relationship between the capital flows and each fund’s performance, the result shows asignificant negative correlation, which means the capital inflows will attenuate the ability of thealpha producers to continue to deliver alpha in the future.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Christina Atanasova
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

APPLICATIONS OF REALIZED VOLATITILY, LOCAL VOLATILITY AND IMPLIED VOLATILITY SURFACE IN ACCURACY ENHANCEMENT OF DERIVATIVE PRICING MODEL

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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In this research paper, a pricing method on derivatives, here taking European options on Dow Jones index as an example, is put forth with higher level of precision. This method is able to price options with a narrower deviation scope from intrinsic value of options. The finding of this pricing method starts with testing the features of implied volatility surface. Two of three axles in constructed three-dimensional surface are respectively dynamic strike price at a given time point and the decreasing time to maturity within the life duration of one strike-specified option. General features of implied volatility surface are justified by the real trading data. With the dynamic strike price and variable volatility, option price is assumed to reflect the market expectation towards the performance of underlying asset and accompanied uncertainty when approaching the maturity. Therefore, the applications of implied volatility, local volatility and realized volatility are involved in the pricing of derivatives, because of their respective compatibilities of the forward-looking expectation, the stochastic parameter and the tight fit to the real return distribution. In the researching and analysing process, it is found that the realized volatility and the real return distribution are the derivative pricing combination with highest accuracy in the three categories of volatility. The implied volatility fails to fit the derivative price for its emphasis on market expectation and lack of independence from existing model, at the meantime, the local volatility loses its ground in practical application in pricing derivatives, with insufficient small-interval data of transactions.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Christina Atanasova
Andrey Pavlov
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

BENEFITS OF MARKET VALUE CALCULATIONS FOR CREDIT UNIONS

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Date created: 
2017-12
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This research paper focuses on two different interest rate risk measures used by credit unions in Canada, described by regulatory standards as complementary and indispensable. These two measures pertain either sensitivity of market value or net interest income, caused by changes in interest rates. Whereas credit unions can relate to and understand the latter perspective, market value does not seem as relevant as credit unions hold assets and liabilities until maturity and are not exposed to changes in market value. We use data from three credit unions to explain the two measures and show that one can be expressed by the other, which in fact discredits the perceived complementary nature of both measures. Additionally, we further develop the concept of net interest income sensitivity to overcome the weaknesses of market value by employing a more realistic measurement of interest rate risk and a reduction of required capital which eventually would enable credit unions to operate more profitably.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Andrey Pavlov
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

The Determinants of Capital Structure: Evidence from Canada

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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Corporate capital structure is examined in this paper with a panel of 960 observations from 60 Canadian companies in a period from 2001 to 2016. The OLS regression analysis was applied to show the substantial influence of estimated variables, namely, profitability, tangibility, firm size and growth opportunity, on changes in book leverage and market leverage. The effects of financial economic crisis in 2008 were studied. By comparison between two segmented results (before 2008 and in/after 2008), growth opportunity became more substantial while firm size became irrelevant. The effect of heteroscedasticity to the research results is examined at the end by Robust Least Square method. The comparison confirmed that heteroscedasticity is not a serious problem for this research.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Christina Atanasova
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

FINANCIAL LEVERAGE AND FIRM PERFORMANCE DURING AND AFTER THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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The objective of this paper is to analyse the relation between a company’sleverage and its performance during the financial crisis of 2007-­2009. A hypothesisis proposed that leverage would negatively impact abnormal return during thefinancial crisis. Interestingly, it is found that, at the peak of the crisis, during 2008,firms with higher leverage performed better. The opposite effect is found in 2009,when firms with high leverage under-­performed. These results seem somewhatcounter-­intuitive, so that after taking into account industry effects the resultsindicate that leverage had a negative effect on companies’ performance during the2008-­2009 period.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Amir Rubin
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

DOES PUBLIC LISTING AFFECT BANK PROFITABILITY? EVIDENCE FROM US BANKS

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the determinants of US bank profitability between 2002 and 2015. Specifically, we divide banks into three size groups, and focus on the impact of public listing on bank profitability. We find that small- and medium-sized public banks are less profitable than private banks of corresponding size. However, large public banks are more profitable than large private banks. Moreover, regression results indicate that loans and diversification have a positive impact on bank profitability in all size groups.

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Senior supervisor: 
Jijun Niu
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

THE EFFECTS OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON THE CO-MOVEMENT OF EQUITY MARKETS

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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This paper analyzes the co-movement of the US equity market and 10 markets in Asia and Oceania (i.e., referred to as domestic markets). We find that the daily returns of the ten emerging markets are significantly correlated with the performance of US market in the previous trading day. Also, we analyze the contemporaneous change in the US/domestic market exchange rate, and how it affects this co-movement. We find that the correlation between the US market and domestic markets is positively related to the net-trade balance that exists between these countries. Countries that tend to net-export to the US are affected more positively by the strengthening of the US dollar compared to the domestic currency.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Amir Rubin
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

Economic Fluctuations and Corporate Bond Spreads: Evidence from Canadian Bond Markets

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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This paper attempts to address the question whether the signaling properties of credit spreads in Canada are useful for predicting future economic activity. This It extents Gilchrist, et al. (2009) paper “Credit Market Shocks and Economic Fluctuations: Evidence from Corporate Bond and Stock Markets” by examining the predictive power of credit spreads on corporate debt for future economic activity in Canada. In this paper, the credit spreads were constructed using monthly data on prices corporate bond traded over the 2002 -2017 period issued by 60 Canadian corporations. Overall the results suggest that movements specific to credit markers account for a considerable fraction of volatility in Canadian economic activity during the period under study.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Christina Atanasova
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School

PORTFOLIO CONSTRUCTION IN TURBULENT MARKETS

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2017-12
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We conducted the portfolio optimization on the selected benchmarks for nine asset classes with a time range starting from January 2007 to December 2016 in Canadian Currency, to prove whether the mean-variance approach by Markowitz (1952) combined with a covariance matrix blended from a quiet time and a turbulent time as introduced by Chow, G., Jacquier, E., Kritzman, M., and Lowry, K. (1999) is still valid with recent years’ data.As a result, the optimal portfolios with different covariance matrices blended from turbulent and quiet periods have shown sensitivity of optimal weights to both possibilities of occurrence for the turbulent and quiet periods, and different risk aversion to turbulent and quiet periods. The outlier-sample optimal portfolio is the most conservative one and provides a lowest expected return. Besides, the optimal weights of Cash are much higher due to the higher volatilities of ours benchmarks for US equity, emerging market equity, US bonds, high-yield bonds, and commodities.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Senior supervisor: 
Peter Klein
Department: 
Beedie School of Business-Segal Graduate School