Catarina Revez – School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Rui Dias – School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal; CEFAGE-UE, IIFA, University of Évora, Portugal
Nicole Horta – School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Paula Heliodoro – School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal
Paulo Alexandre – School of Business and Administration, Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal, Portugal


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This paper aims to test efficiency, in its weak form, in the capi­tal markets of the Philippines (PSEi), South Korea (KOSPI), Indonesia (JKSE), Thailand (SET), Malaysia (KLCI), China (SSEC) and Hong Kong (HSI) over the period from January 2, 2017, to February 17, 2022. The return series shows signs of deviation from the normality hypothesis, given the skewness and kurtosis coefficients. The results, therefore, support the conclusion that the random walk hypothesis is not supported by the indices, the values of the variance ratios are in all cases less than unity, implying that the returns are autocorrelated over time and there is mean reversion in all indices. The re­sults obtained allow for the rejection of the random walk hypothesis and the informational efficiency hypothesis of financial markets. These findings also open room for market regulators to pursue measures to ensure better infor­mation in these regional markets.


Asian Markets; Variance ratio; Random walk; Arbitrage


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