Weak-Form Efficient Market Hypothesis versus Behavioural Finance: A Different Perspective Drawn from the Malaysian Stock Market

  • Kian-Ping Lim Labuan School of International Business and Finance Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Abstract

This study utilises the windowed testing procedure of Hinich & Patterson (1995) to examine the data generating process of KLCI returns series. Unlike previous studies, the present one relates the evidence to the weak-form Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) and behavioural finance, with the hope of offering some plausible explanations to the controversy existing between these two camps. Our econometrics results indicate that linear and non-linear dependencies play a significant role in the underlying data generating process. However, these dependencies are not stable as the results reveal that they are episodic and transient in nature. Along the line of our interpretations, we are able to offer some plausible explanations as to why weak-form EMH generally holds in the Malaysian stock market, though the presence of linear and nonlinear dependencies implies the potential of returns predictability. Specifically, these significant dependencies show up at random intervals for a brief period of time but then disappear again before they can be exploited by investors. Looking from a micro perspective, we are able to rationalise the co-existence of weak-form EMH and behavioural finance in the Malaysian stock market when the statistical properties of random walk, linear and non-linear dependencies, which also co-exist in the time domain, are interpreted in the framework of information arrival and market reactions to that information.

 

Published
2020-03-10
How to Cite
LIM, Kian-Ping. Weak-Form Efficient Market Hypothesis versus Behavioural Finance: A Different Perspective Drawn from the Malaysian Stock Market. International Journal of Management Studies, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 1-27, mar. 2020. ISSN 2180-2467. Available at: <http://e-journal.uum.edu.my/index.php/ijms/article/view/9196>. Date accessed: 06 july 2020.