The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the global financial system and caused great turmoil. Facing unprecedented risks in the markets, people have increasing needs to find a safe haven for their investments. Given that the nature of this crisis is a combination of multiple problems, it is substantially different from all other financial crises known to us. It is therefore urgent to re-evaluate the role of traditional safe haven candidates. The aim of this thesis is to test the hypothesis that the United States Dollar represents a safe haven against stocks of all developed countries during COVID-19 pandemic. I implement a threshold regression model to capture the non-linear linkages between safe haven assets and global stock markets, which is largely documented in the recent literature. Indeed, my empirical approach allows me to distinguish between a low- and high-stress regime, and to control for the impact of carry trade reversals. According to the estimation results, the US dollar acted as a strong safe haven during COVID-19 pandemic, experiencing no significant influence of carry trade dynamics. My results, paired with those of previous research on the haven-linked US dollar, further suggest that the safe haven role of a given asset may be sensitive to changes over time and across markets.
|Date of Award||28 Jun 2021|
- Universidade Católica Portuguesa
|Supervisor||Eva Schliephake (Supervisor)|
- Threshold model
- US dollar
- Safe haven
- Carry trade