The Home(-Sickness) Bias of International Holdings
Quoc H. Nguyen
University of Illinois at Chicago - Department of Finance
U.S. mutual funds invest significantly more in countries that have a strong associated ethnic group population near the funds' offices. Moreover, the ethnicity of the mutual fund's manager is strongly predictive of the mutual fund's international holdings. Mutual funds that take advantage of the information generated by the local ethnic groups outperform otherwise similar funds by more than 1.5% per quarter in their international holdings. This paper documents a new form of home bias, sheds light on a new information channel for international investment decisions, and contributes to the debate on whether mutual fund managers have skills.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: Mutual funds, home bias, international investment
JEL Classification: G11, G15, G23
Date posted: December 16, 2012 ; Last revised: February 9, 2017