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Who are the Best? Local Versus Foreign Analysts on the Latin American Stock Markets

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  • Jean-François Bachmann

    (RMF Investment Products, Quantitative Analysis Group)

  • Guido Bolliger

    (University of Neuchâtel and FAME, Institut de l’Entreprise)

Abstract

This paper investigates the relative performance of local and foreign financial analysts on Latin American emerging markets. There is strong evidence that foreign financial analysts outperform local analysts on these markets. Foreign analysts produce more timely and more accurate forecasts. A significant price reaction is observed following their downward forecast revisions. Therefore foreign investors do not necessarily need to open relations with local financial analysts when they want to trade on these markets. The results are consistent with previous evidence that documents a better information and greater sophistication on the part of foreign investors on overseas markets.

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  • Jean-François Bachmann & Guido Bolliger, 2003. "Who are the Best? Local Versus Foreign Analysts on the Latin American Stock Markets," FAME Research Paper Series rp75, International Center for Financial Asset Management and Engineering.
  • Handle: RePEc:fam:rpseri:rp75
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    Keywords

    analysts’ forecasts; home bias; international diversification; emerging markets; herding behaviour;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G24 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Investment Banking; Venture Capital; Brokerage

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