Dutch Journal of Finance and Management

Looking for Psychological Barriers in nine European Stock Market Indices
Júlio Lobão 1 * , Cristiano Pereira 1 *
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1 Universidade do Porto, PORTUGAL
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Dutch Journal of Finance and Management, 2016 - Volume 1 Issue 1, Article No: 39
https://doi.org/10.20897/lectito.201639

Published Online: 08 Aug 2016

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ABSTRACT

In this paper we examine nine European stock market indices for indication of psychological barriers at round numbers. We test for uniformity in the trailing digits of the indices and use regression and GARCH analysis to assess the differential impact of being above or below a possible barrier. Despite having rejected uniformity for all data series, we only found significant psychological barriers in the stock markets of Germany, Finland and the Netherlands. Moreover, we document that the relationship between risk and return tends to be weaker at the proximity of round numbers which poses a challenge to the traditional equilibrium models.

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