An analysis of inflation and stock returns for the UK

Lifang Li, Paresh Kumar Narayan, Xinwei Zheng

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Whether common stocks provide a hedge against inflation has been long debated. This paper focuses on this question by investigating the relationship between inflation and stock returns in the short term and medium term and under different inflationary regimes using the UK data. Empirical evidence suggests that the UK stock market fails to hedge against inflation in the short term. However, in the medium term there is mixed results. Results from different inflationary regimes show that the relationship between inflation and returns varies in different regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-532
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Inflation
  • Stock returns

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