EX ANTE PREDICTABILITY OF STOCK RETURNS IN A FRONTIER MARKET
This study reports results on the ex ante predictability of stock returns using real-time stock market data in Vietnam, a frontier market, from June 2008 to June 2021. Countries classified as a frontier market are often known for currency manipulation, financial market illiquidity, and political instability. Despite the enormous risk usually posed by these inefficiencies, potential profits are large and achievable for many investors. This study provides evidence on existing a strategy to form out-of-sample long portfolios that generate statistically significant and positive mean monthly returns even in the presence of transaction costs. I also justify the magnitude of these returns by showing that they exceed those of VnIndex and MSCI Vietnam Index. The results reject the hypothesis that the stock prices in Vietnamese market follow random walks, thus oppose the stock market efficiency hypothesis. Evidence found in this study provides a better understanding of informational efficiency in a frontier equity market setting. Specifically, there are several implications on portfolio selection strategies, stock price patterns, and trading behavior bias related to Vietnamese stock market can be drawn from this study.
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