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Herding and the role of foreign institutions in emerging equity markets

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  • Chang, Charles
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    This study examines herding surrounding qualified foreign institutional investors (QFIIs) in an emerging equity market. Using five years of weekly order flow data, I find that, when QFIIs increase (decrease) their weightings in particular sectors, dealers', margin traders', and mutual funds' holdings/weightings likewise increase (decrease) during the same and following weeks, despite controls for return and trading momentum. This herding is potentially destabilizing as prices overshoot and mean revert highlighting the potential negative impact of this level of transparency and of the policy of disclosing QFII trading in emerging markets.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

    Volume (Year): 18 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 175-185

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:pacfin:v:18:y:2010:i:2:p:175-185

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    Keywords: Herding Emerging markets Foreign institutions Order flows;

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    1. Ülkü, Numan & Weber, Enzo, 2013. "Identifying the interaction between stock market returns and trading flows of investor types: Looking into the day using daily data," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 37(8), pages 2733-2749.
    2. Tony Chieh-Tse Hou, 2012. "Return persistence and investment timing decisions in Taiwanese domestic equity mutual funds," Managerial Finance, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 38(9), pages 873-891, September.
    3. Hao FANG & Yang-Cheng Lu & Hwey-Yun Yau & Yen-Hsien Lee, 2013. "Stock Characteristics Herded By Foreign Investors With Higher Abnormal Returns In The Taiwan Stock Market," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(4), pages 232-245, December.

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