I would like to thank an anonymous referee, Nikolaos Tessaromatis and Dimitrios Thomakos for their constructive comments that greatly improved the paper. I also thank Timothy Vogelsang for providing his Gauss codes. I retain full responsibility for any remaining errors.
Idiosyncratic Risk in Emerging Markets
Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2010
© 2010, The Eastern Finance Association
Volume 45, Issue 4, pages 1053–1078, November 2010
How to Cite
Angelidis, T. (2010), Idiosyncratic Risk in Emerging Markets. Financial Review, 45: 1053–1078. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-6288.2010.00285.x
- Issue online: 11 OCT 2010
- Version of Record online: 11 OCT 2010
- emerging markets;
- idiosyncratic risk;
- tracking error volatility
In this study, I examine the properties and portfolio management implications of value-weighted idiosyncratic volatility in 24 emerging markets. This paper provides evidence against the view that the rise of idiosyncratic risk is a global phenomenon. Furthermore, specific and market risks jointly predict market returns as there is a negative (positive) relation between idiosyncratic (market) risk and subsequent stock returns. Idiosyncratic volatility is the most important component of tracking error volatility, and it does not exhibit either an upward or a downward trend. Thus, investors do not have to increase, on average, the number of stocks they hold to keep the active risk constant.