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Transparency, Investor Information Acquisition, and Money Market Fund Risk Rebalancing during the 2011-12 Eurozone Crisis

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  • Gallagher, Emily
  • Schmidt, Lawrence
  • Timmermann, Allan G
  • Wermers, Russ

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Abstract We study investor redemptions and portfolio rebalancing decisions of money market mutual funds (MMFs) during the Eurozone crisis. We exploit the multiple shareclass structure of the MMF industry and the detailed portfolio holdings disclosure required by 2010 regulatory changes to highlight costs and benefits of increased transparency in short-term funding markets. Consistent with theoretical predictions of models featuring costly (and incomplete) information acquisition, investors with the lowest information acquisition costs are most responsive to cross-sectional heterogeneity in funds' exposures to Eurozone securities. Moreover, managers catering to these investors disproportionately shift their portfolios away from the riskiest and most information-sensitive securities.

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  • Gallagher, Emily & Schmidt, Lawrence & Timmermann, Allan G & Wermers, Russ, 2017. "Transparency, Investor Information Acquisition, and Money Market Fund Risk Rebalancing during the 2011-12 Eurozone Crisis," CEPR Discussion Papers 11895, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. Baghai, Ramin P. & Giannetti, Mariassunta & Jager, Ivika, 2018. "Liability Structure and Risk-Taking: Evidence from the Money Market Fund Industry," CEPR Discussion Papers 13151, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    endogenous information acquisition; eurozone crisis; financial fragility; Money market funds; transparency in short-term funding markets;

    JEL classification:

    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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