Macroeconomic Determinants of the Stock Market Index for a Major Latin American Country and Policy Implications

Yu Hsing, Michael C. Budden, Antoinette S. Phillips

Abstract


Applying the exponential GARCH model and based on a quarterly sample during 1998.Q1-2011.Q2, we find that the Argentine stock market index is positively associated with real GDP, the ratio of M2 money supply to GDP, the peso/USD exchange rate and the U.S. stock market index.  It is negatively influenced by the money market rate, government spending as a percent of GDP and the inflation rate. Hence, a strong domestic economy, a lower interest rate, an increased money supply as a percent of GDP, lower government spending as a percent of GDP, depreciation of the Argentine peso, a lower inflation rate, or a robust U.S. stock market would help the Argentine stock market.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ber.v2i1.1152

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