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Rating changes and portfolio flows to emerging markets: Evidence from active and passive funds

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  • Bannier, Christina E.
  • Heyden, Thomas
  • Tillmann, Peter

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We study the short-term impact of sovereign rating and outlook changes on daily portfolio flows of active and passive mutual funds to emerging market economies. Our results indicate that active bond fund flows react only to negative rating actions, whereas passive bond fund flows are sensitive to both positive and negative rating actions. Active and passive country flows hence do not always follow the same determinants.

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  • Bannier, Christina E. & Heyden, Thomas & Tillmann, Peter, 2019. "Rating changes and portfolio flows to emerging markets: Evidence from active and passive funds," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 178(C), pages 37-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:178:y:2019:i:c:p:37-45
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2019.02.009
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    Keywords

    Emerging markets; Event study; Portfolio flows; Passive funds; Sovereign ratings;

    JEL classification:

    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F32 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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