Stock Market Efficiency/ Behavioural Finance

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Research Methods (Structure of research proposal)

Research title
1. Introduction
1.1. Background of the study
1.2. Research aim and objectives
1.3. Scope and limitations
2. Literature review
2.1. Introduction
2.2. Review of relevant studies
2.3. Theoretical framework
2.4. Summary
3. Research methodology and design
3.1. Introduction
3.2. Research paradigm
3.3. Data
3.4. Empirical methodology
3.5. Summary
4. Conclusion
5. References

The topic: Stock Market Efficiency/ Behavioural Finance
Topic Background:
The general implication of stock market efficiency is that markets receive new information about all aspects that affect stock prices but prices adjust with such speed that investors are not capable of realising above‐average trading profits by trading on that information.
Tests of the validity of the EMH have been carried out in most of the stock exchanges all over the world. A comprehensive review of the literature illustrates that even when one sort of test (the serial correlation coefficient test, the run test, the variance ratio test, etc.) rejects the random walk hypothesis, other tests may not. For example, tests may show monthly prices follow a random walk, but weekly prices or daily prices may not. Alternatively, the returns on indexes for a very long period may be shown to be independent whilst the returns on indexes for sub‐period may be dependent. Therefore, applying a variety of tests to different types of data and comparing the results on the bases of similar sort of data and test implements will improve the accuracy of the study.
Topics that might be covered in this type of study include tests of the EMH (Weak, Semi strong or Strong form), stock volatility issues or the implications of behavioural finance.
Example research questions could include:
1. Evaluating market efficiency by testing for the random walks in stock prices
2. Can technical analysts generate abnormal gains?
3. Do actively managed funds outperform the market?

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