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U.S. Mutual Fund Retail Investors in International Equity Markets

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  • Jorge A. Chan-Lau
  • Li L. Ong

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Do the dynamics of net flows to U.S. retail mutual funds affect equity returns in emerging markets? The question merits further examination since retail investors in mutual funds can exert a much greater degree of "control" over these funds via cash injections or redemptions at any time. A VAR analysis shows increased discrimination across emerging market regions after the Asian crisis as investors focused on individual regions rather than on emerging markets as a generic asset class. Crossover funds allocations also appear to affect emerging market returns. Furthermore, investment decisions by fund managers seem to be largely driven by retail investor allocations.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/162.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/162

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Keywords: Capital flows; Emerging markets; Investment policy; Stock markets; investors; equity funds; mutual funds; institutional investors; international capital markets; international capital; equity securities; investment risk; investment behavior; equity returns; capital markets; investment decisions; local capital markets; capital movements; mature markets; foreign investors; stock market; hedge funds; reinvestment; fixed income; investment strategies; capital gains; domestic equity; outstanding shares;

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