Flights to safety

Lieven Baele, G.R.J. Bekaert, K. Inghelbrecht, Min Wei

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We identify flight-to-safety (FTS) days for twenty-three countries using only stock and bond returns and a model averaging approach. FTS days comprise less than 2% of the sample and are associated with a 2.7% average bond-equity return differential and significant flows out of equity funds and into government bond and money market funds. FTS represents flights to both quality and liquidity in international equity markets, but mainly a flight to quality in the U.S. corporate bond market. Emerging markets, endowment funds, and hedge funds perform poorly during FTS, whereas hedge funds appear to vary their systematic exposures prior to an FTS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-746
JournalReview of Financial Studies
Issue number2
Early online dateJun 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020


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