The First Global Emerging Markets Investor: Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust 1880-1913
University of Oxford - Department of Economics
University of Cambridge - Judge Business School, Department of Finance & Accounting
April 9, 2012
The Foreign and Colonial Investment Trust (FCIT) is the oldest surviving closed end fund in the world today and was established fully half a century before similar funds appeared in the US of the 1920s. Its early success was related to its identification of a missing market, namely, the provision of a wholesale diversified investment vehicle for the investing public. Whilst much research has been conducted on aggregate international capital flows in this First Era of Globalisation, little work has been undertaken on the prime investment institutions. This micro-study seeks to fill this gap by undertaking detailed quantitative analysis of the leading investment trust investing widely in emerging markets during the First Era of financial globalisation before WWI. The history of this flagship fund over more than three decades provides an insight into the relative success of this institutional innovation as well as into the risk and returns of investing in global emerging markets over a century ago.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: Closed-End Funds, emerging markets, pre-1913
JEL Classification: F21, G23, N23working papers series
Date posted: March 18, 2012 ; Last revised: May 27, 2012
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