Do Asian Stock Markets Follow Martingales? Evidence from Spectral Shape Tests
The martingale hypothesis is examined for 5 Asian stock markets using the spectral shape tests of Durlauf (1991). Unlike the variance ratio test used in prior studies, the spectral shape tests are consistent against all stationary alternatives to the martingale null. With daily data, both tests reject the null for all 5 markets: Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan. With weekly data, the null is rejected for Thailand and Malaysia. As expected, the spectral shape tests yield stronger rejections of the null than the variance ratio test. Departures from the martingale cannot be entirely attributed to problems caused by infrequent trading. The use of value-weighted indexes means that only the most actively traded stocks are included in the market portfolios. Plausible models of infrequent trading also suggest geometrically declining returns autocorrelations past lag one. The persistent and mainly positive autocorrelations found at distant lags may mean returns have long memory.
Asia Pacific Journal of Management
Koh, Seng Kee, Benedict and Fong, W. M..
Do Asian Stock Markets Follow Martingales? Evidence from Spectral Shape Tests. (1994). Asia Pacific Journal of Management. 11, (2), 345-359. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
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