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Procyclical Behavior of Institutional Investors During the Recent Financial Crisis: Causes, Impacts, and Challenges

  • Michael G Papaioannou
  • Joonkyu Park
  • Jukka Pihlman
  • Han van der Hoorn
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    This paper (i) provides evidence on the procyclical investment behavior of major institutional investors during the global financial crisis; (ii) identifies the main factors that could account for such behavior; (iii) discusses the implications of procyclical behavior; and (iv) proposes a framework for sound investment practices for long-term investors. Such procyclical investment behavior is understandable and may be considered rational from an individual institution’s perspective. However, our main conclusion is that behaving in a manner consistent with longterm investing would lead to better long-term, risk-adjusted returns and, importantly, could lessen the potential adverse effects of the procyclical investment behavior of institutional investors on global financial stability.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 13/193.

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    Length: 53
    Date of creation: 11 Sep 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:13/193
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