Portfolio Preferences of Foreign Institutional Investors
41 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2003 Last revised: 24 Feb 2012
Date Written: September 1, 2004
This paper examines investment allocations in emerging markets by actively-managed U.S. mutual funds. We analyze both country- and firm-level characteristics and policies that influence these investment allocations. At the country-level, we find that U.S. funds invest more in open emerging markets with stronger shareholder rights, legal frameworks and accounting policies. After controlling for country characteristics, U.S. funds are found to invest more in large growing firms with high analyst following and policies such as ADR listing and more transparent accounting policies. The impact of ADR listing and better accounting policies is most pronounced in countries with weaker investor protection. Our results suggest that steps can be taken both at the country- and the firm-level to create an environment conducive to foreign institutional investment.
Keywords: Institutional Investors, Portfolio Allocations, Emerging Markets, Corporate Governance
JEL Classification: G23, G34, G15, M41
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