Does Gold Act as a Hedge or a Safe Haven against Equity and Currency in Asia?

Aftab, Muhammad and Shah, Syed Zulfiqar Ali and Ismail, Izlin (2019) Does Gold Act as a Hedge or a Safe Haven against Equity and Currency in Asia? Global Business Review, 20 (1). pp. 105-118. ISSN 0972-1509, DOI

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In recent years, uncertainty in financial markets has stimulated the need to explore alternative avenues for safeguarding wealth and managing risk. In this strand of research, gold has been particularly important due to its potential to mitigate risk and preserve wealth. This study investigates gold behaviour against equities and currencies in three regions across Asia. We follow Engle’s (2002) dynamic conditional correlation-multivariate generalized autoregressive conditional heteroscedasticity (DCC-MGARCH) model to test the gold link with equity and currency markets. We use a weekly series of exchange rate (national currency/the US dollar), equity and gold prices in national currency over the weekly period, 1995–2013. The sample consists of 12 countries covering East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia. Findings suggest that gold is just a diversifier against stocks in the Asian economies except in Korea, Singapore and Thailand. However, gold acts as a hedge and safe haven against Asian currencies—except China and Hong Kong—thus still preserving its monetary role.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia; currency; Gold; hedge; safe haven; stock
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics > Dept of Finance and Banking
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2019 08:29
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 08:29

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