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Unexploited Gains From International Diversification: Patterns Of Portfolio Holdings Around The World

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  • Tatiana Didier

    (World Bank)

  • Roberto Rigobon

    (MIT and NBER)

  • Sergio L. Schmukler

    (World Bank)

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Using unique data on mutual fund portfolios with different investment scopes, we study the extent of international diversification. Mutual funds invest in a surprisingly limited number of stocks—about 100. The number of holdings from a given region declines as the investment scope broadens. Moreover, unexploited gains exist from international diversification. Funds that invest globally could achieve better risk-adjusted returns by adding stocks held by more specialized funds within the same family. These findings are not driven by different sectoral allocations, lack of information or instruments, transaction costs, or different tail risks. Instead, organizational factors might play an important role. © 2013 The President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Tatiana Didier & Roberto Rigobon & Sergio L. Schmukler, 2013. "Unexploited Gains From International Diversification: Patterns Of Portfolio Holdings Around The World," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 95(5), pages 1562-1583, December.
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    Keywords

    financial integration; firm organization; globalization; international asset allocation; mutual fund portfolios; risk diversification;

    JEL classification:

    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General

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