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How Important are Foreign Ownership Linkages for International Stock Returns?

Review of Financial Studies (Forthcoming)

83 Pages Posted: 20 Dec 2014 Last revised: 22 Jan 2015

Söhnke M. Bartram

Warwick Business School - Department of Finance

John M. Griffin

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

Tae-Hoon Lim

Cornell University

David T. Ng

Cornell University

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Date Written: December 11, 2014

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Institutional ownership, asset management, portfolio diversification, international finance, comovement

JEL Classification: G3, F4, F3

Suggested Citation

Bartram, Söhnke M. and Griffin, John M. and Lim, Tae-Hoon and Ng, David T., How Important are Foreign Ownership Linkages for International Stock Returns? (December 11, 2014). Review of Financial Studies (Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2540283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2540283

Söhnke M. Bartram (Contact Author)

Warwick Business School - Department of Finance ( email )

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John M. Griffin

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance ( email )

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Tae-Hoon Lim

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

David T. Ng

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

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