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Portfolio Choice and Transactions Taxes

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  • Markus Haberer

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz)

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    In a simple portfolio choice model of two assets a foreign exchange transactions tax is implemented. We show that the graph in the mu-sigma- range is still a parabola and delineate its characteristics for altering tax rates. We presumed a risk avers investor seeking to minimize investment risks by international diversification of two uncorrelated assets. The main finding is that setting up a portfolio under the new tax condition leads to a higher transaction volume on international fi- nancial markets. In contrast, the transactions tax has got a stabilizing character when adjusting the portfolio to increased foreign investment risks.

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    Paper provided by Center of Finance and Econometrics, University of Konstanz in its series CoFE Discussion Paper with number 03-09.

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    Length: 25 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:knz:cofedp:0309

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    Keywords: International Financial Markets; Portfolio Choice; Risk Diversification; Tobin Tax; Transactions Tax;

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