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The effects of relative performance objectives on financial markets

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  • Igan, Deniz
  • Pinheiro, Marcelo

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We analyze the implications of linking the compensation of fund managers to the return of their portfolio relative to that of a benchmark. In the presence of such relative-performance-based objectives, investors have reduced expected utility but markets are typically more informative and deeper. Furthermore, in a multiple asset/market framework we show that (i) relative performance concerns lead to an increase in the correlation between markets (financial contagion); (ii) benchmark inclusion leads to increases in price volatility; (iii) home bias emerges as a rational outcome. Finally, when information is costly, information acquisition is hindered and this attenuates the effects on informativeness and depth of the market.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 43452.

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Keywords: Delegated portfolio management; Informativeness; Liquidity; Contagion; Home bias;

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