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Investment Restrictions and Contagion in Emerging Markets

  • Anna Ilyina

The objectives of this paper are: (1) to analyze an optimal portfolio rebalancing by a fund manager in response to a "volatility shock" in one of the asset markets, under sufficiently realistic assumptions about the fund manager''s performance criteria and investment restrictions; and (2) to analyze the sensitivity of the equilibrium price of an asset to shocks originating in other fundamentally unrelated asset markets for a given mix of common investors. The analysis confirms that certain combinations of investment restrictions (notably short-sale constraints and benchmark-based performance criteria) can create additional transmission mechanisms for propagating shocks across fundamentally unrelated asset markets. The paper also discusses potential implications of recent and on-going changes in the investor base for emerging market securities for the asset price volatility.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 05/190.

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Length: 34
Date of creation: 01 Sep 2005
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/190
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