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Characterizing Asymmetric Information in International Equity Markets

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  • Rui Albuquerque

    (Simon School of Business, University of Rochester)

  • Gregory Bauer

    (Bank of Canada)

  • Martin Schneider

    (New York University)

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This paper studies the international portfolio flows of US investors to examine the information structure of international equity markets. We use an empirical model of portfolio flows with both public and private information to extract measures of trades due to private information. We find that such trades are highly correlated across countries. In particular, a common 'global' factor accounts for about half of the variation in trades due to private information. We show that the global factor helps explain the cross section of international equity returns, after controlling for public information. The finding that a substantial portion of trades due to private information across countries contains the same common information challenges the conventional view that domestic investors have better private information about their home market than foreign investors.

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Keywords: Private information; asymmetric information; portfolio choice; international equity flows and returns; home bias;

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  1. Albuquerque, Rui & Bauer, Gregory & Schneider, Martin, 2005. "International Equity Flows and Returns: A Quantitative Equilibrium Approach," CEPR Discussion Papers 5159, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. Gregory H. Bauer & Clara Vega, 2006. "The monetary origins of asymmetric information in international equity markets," International Finance Discussion Papers 872, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.).
  3. Albuquerque, Rui, 2003. "The composition of international capital flows: risk sharing through foreign direct investment," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, vol. 61(2), pages 353-383, December.
  4. Gaston Gelos, 2011. "International Mutual Funds, Capital Flow Volatility, and Contagion-A Survey," IMF Working Papers 11/92, International Monetary Fund.

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