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Taking the perspective of a US investor, we applied regime-switching models to the US, UK and German stock markets. We show that, with a correctly specified model, the economic gains from explicitly modeling regime switches are significant and substantial. 8 percent per year for a domestic US investor with a ten-year horizon. Of these costs, 70 percent can be attributed to regime-switching and 30 percent to international diversification. Concerning the hedging behavior, the optimal hedging strategy depends strongly on the conditional expected returns of the hedged and unhedged market indices.

Are art investors reluctant to realize their losses? Or are investors extremely reluctant to realize their losses in art? Mental accounting is a kind of narrow framing that involves keeping track of gains and losses related to decisions in separate mental accounts. Thaler (1985) argues that individuals reexamine each account only intermittently when it is action-relevant. Mental accounting may explain the disposition effect (Shefrin and Statman, 1985) – that is, the excessive propensity to hold on to assets that have declined in value and to sell the winners.

In contrast, under the chosen specifications of the regime-switching models, the statistics for the UK are mainly below 20 during the period of the out-of-sample test. Hence, we are well advised to use a regime-switching model to account for the skewed and fat tails of stock market returns. In particular, for the subsequent analysis we shall use three regimes for both the unhedged and the optimal hedging strategy, and two regimes for the fully hedged strategy. 3 Parameter estimates as at June 2005 In this section, we present the parameter estimates for different model specifications.

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