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How Important are Foreign Ownership Linkages for International Stock Returns?

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  • Sohnke M. Bartram

    (Warwick University)

  • John Griffin

    (University of Texas at Austin)

  • David T. Ng

    (Cornell University and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research)

Abstract

We develop a simple measure of international ownership linkages and show that this measure is of similar importance as the traditional effects coming from country and industry fundamentals. International ownership linkages are not explained by omitted country/industry variations, wealth effects or other explanations like liquidity, investment style, or fund flows. We find that ownership linkages are a summary measure of investment locale that links investor capital around the world. Beyond the level of foreign ownership, the specific ownership composition of a stock is an important facet of international equity returns - a finding which has important implications for diversification.

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  • Sohnke M. Bartram & John Griffin & David T. Ng, 2012. "How Important are Foreign Ownership Linkages for International Stock Returns?," Working Papers 122012, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:122012
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    Keywords

    Institutional Ownership; Asset Management; Portfolio Diversification; International Finance; Comovement;

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    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • F3 - International Economics - - International Finance

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