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The Asset Allocation of Emerging Market Mutual Funds

  • Piti Disyatat
  • Gaston Gelos

Benchmark following and portfolio rebalancing effects have often been cited when trying to explain international financial contagion phenomena. Using a dataset containing the country allocation of individual dedicated emerging market equity funds, we assess the relevance of mean-variance optimization and benchmark following, finding strong evidence for both. We also present a framework to systematically extract useful information about market expectations from funds' holdings.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 01/111.

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Date of creation: 01 Aug 2001
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:01/111
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