Is there a link between politics and stock returns? A literature survey

Wisniewski, Tomasz Piotr (2016). Is there a link between politics and stock returns? A literature survey. International Review of Financial Analysis, 47 pp. 15–23.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.irfa.2016.06.015

Abstract

This survey starts by reviewing the literature investigating whether political connectedness of companies creates wealth for their shareholders. It then moves on to examine whether there is an association between the orientation of the political executive or the phase of the electoral cycle with movements of the stock market index. The price impact of politically-relevant events, such as wars, terrorist attacks, revolutions, coups or issuance of communications by those in positions of power is also discussed. The review closes with an examination of the impact of political uncertainty on stock markets and with a reflection on the direction of causality.

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