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Country funds and the role of international equity flows in pricing and in premiums and discounts

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This paper investigates the relationships between international equity flows and country fund pricing for 35 closed-end single country funds, and evaluates the impact of the Asian crisis on the relationships. Basic findings include: (1) strong relationships are identified between fund returns and international equity flows; (2) financial crises amplify the impact of international equity flows, via both mean and volatility measures, on fund returns and on premiums/discounts for emerging Asian market funds; (3) Asian crisis effects are limited to emerging Asian market funds; and (4) U.S. investors, relative to local investors, overreact to the Asian crisis. Thus, the evidence of international equity flow destabilization is strongly supported under the information dissemination hypothesis.

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  • Tsai, Pei-Jung, 2010. "Country funds and the role of international equity flows in pricing and in premiums and discounts," Global Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 21(1), pages 43-70.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:glofin:v:21:y:2010:i:1:p:43-70
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