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Global Private Information in International Equity Markets

Rui A. Albuquerque

Boston University - School of Management; Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Gregory H. Bauer

Bank of Canada

Martin Schneider


September 1, 2008

Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Vol. 94, 2009

This paper studies international equity markets when some investors have private information that is valuable for trading in many countries simultaneously. We use a dynamic model of equity trading to show that “global” private information helps understand US investors’ trading behavior and performance. In particular, the model predicts global return chasing — positive comovement of US investors’ net purchases with returns in many countries — which we show to be present in the data. Return chasing in our model can be due to superior performance of US investors, not inferior knowledge or naive trend-following. We also show that trades due to private information are strongly correlated across countries: a common “global” factor accounts for about half their variation.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 61

Keywords: Private information, global private information, asymmetric information, portfolio choice, international equity flows and returns, home bias, return chasing

JEL Classification: F36, G12, G14, G15

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Date posted: August 8, 2006 ; Last revised: December 28, 2014

Suggested Citation

Albuquerque, Rui A. and Bauer, Gregory H. and Schneider, Martin, Global Private Information in International Equity Markets (September 1, 2008). Journal of Financial Economics (JFE), Vol. 94, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=922695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.922695

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Rui A. Albuquerque (Contact Author)
Boston University - School of Management ( email )
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United States
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Católica-Lisbon School of Business and Economics ( email )
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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
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London, EC1V 3PZ
United Kingdom
European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) ( email )
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Gregory H. Bauer
Bank of Canada ( email )
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Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G9
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Martin Schneider
Independent ( email )
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United States
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