Geopolitical Uncertainties and Malaysian Stock Market Returns: Do Market Conditions Matter?Journal: Mathematics, Author(s): Mohammad Enamul Hoque, Mohd Azlan Shah Zaidi, M. Kabir Hassan Link: www.mdpi.com/2227-7390/9/19/2393
Geopolitical uncertainties have been a concern for global economies and financial markets’ participants. By employing Markov switching regression and quantile regression, we investigated the effect of global and country-specific geopolitical uncertainties on Malaysian Conventional and Islamic stock returns in different market conditions. The estimated results of the Markov switching regression show that Malaysian conventional and Islamic stocks react differently to global and country-specific geopolitical uncertainties under different market volatility conditions, implying
volatility dependent exposures and reactions to global and country-specific geopolitical uncertainties.
The quantile regression results also reveal that Malaysian conventional and Islamic stocks respond
differently to global and country-specific geopolitical uncertainties at different market stages. The
empirical findings, therefore, indicate a heterogeneous and non-linear stock reaction to geopolitical
uncertainties, providing new insights into geopolitical uncertainties and stock return relationships.
Hence, the results will be valuable for asset pricing and investments in an emerging market such as
the Malaysian market.