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Foreign exposure through domestic equities

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  • Cai, Fang
  • Warnock, Francis E.

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We show that US investors obtain substantial foreign exposure through their holdings of domestic equities. Domestic multinationals, in particular, provide significant foreign exposure. We also find that, although the average US investor is less tilted toward domestic multinationals, institutional investors do overweight domestic firms that are more internationally oriented. ‘Indirect’ foreign holdings through domestic multinationals are shown to be substantial; combining them with reported data on international positions almost doubles US investors’ total ‘foreign’ holdings. Our findings indicate that the home bias is not as severe as assessments based on reported international investment statistics suggest.

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  • Cai, Fang & Warnock, Francis E., 2012. "Foreign exposure through domestic equities," Finance Research Letters, Elsevier, vol. 9(1), pages 8-20.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finlet:v:9:y:2012:i:1:p:8-20
    DOI: 10.1016/j.frl.2011.12.001
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    Keywords

    Home bias; International portfolio allocation; Multinationals;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets

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