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International equity flows and returns: a quantative equilibrium approach

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  • Albuquerque, Rui
  • Bauer, Gregory H.
  • Schneider, Martin

This paper considers the role of foreign investors in developed-country equity markets. It presents a quantitative model of trading that is built around two new assumptions: (i) both the foreign and domestic investor populations contain investors of different sophistication, and (ii) investor sophistication matters for performance in both public equity and private investment opportunities. The model delivers a unified explanation for three stylized facts about US investors’ international equity trades: (i ) trading by US investors occurs in bursts of simultaneous buying and selling, (ii ) Americans build and unwind foreign equity positions gradually and (iii ) US investors increase their market share in a country when stock prices there have recently been rising. The results suggest that heterogeneity within the foreign investor population is much more important than heterogeneity of investors across countries. JEL Classification: F30, G12, G14, G15

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