Original Sin Redux
41 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 5, 2021
We explore the relationship between portfolio flows and financial conditions by using a unique and comprehensive database of US investor flows into emerging market government bonds. We find that mutual funds display a more procyclical pattern of flows relative to other investor types. Delving into the dynamics of portfolio flows at monthly frequency reveals that dollar appreciation amplifies the sell-off in EM local currency bonds, but not dollar-denominated bonds, possibly reflecting clientele effects of stickier investors toward dollar-denominated bonds. Our findings underscore how borrowing in domestic currency has not insulated emerging markets from fluctuations in global financial conditions.
Keywords: Emerging Markets, US Dollar, Sovereign Debt, Investor types
JEL Classification: F3
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