How Important are Foreign Ownership Linkages for International Stock Returns?
Söhnke M. Bartram
Warwick Business School - Department of Finance; New York University (NYU) - Department of Finance
John M. Griffin
University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance
David T. Ng
December 11, 2014
Review of Financial Studies (Forthcoming)
We derive a foreign ownership return as the weighted average return of foreign stocks that are connected to a stock through common ownership. The foreign ownership return is of similar economic significance as traditional country and industry factors in explaining international stock returns. It is not related to omitted fundamentals or wealth effects, but shifts substantially around ADR and index listings when the investor habitat changes. A decomposition shows that the foreign ownership return is driven by active reallocations of global institutions as opposed to fund flows from end investors. Our finding has important implications for international portfolio diversification.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 83
Keywords: Institutional ownership, asset management, portfolio diversification, international finance, comovement
JEL Classification: G3, F4, F3
Date posted: December 20, 2014 ; Last revised: January 22, 2015