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On the international transmission of shocks : micro-evidence from mutual fund portfolios
Author:Raddatz, Claudio; Schmukler, Sergio L.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6072Paper is funded by the Knowledge for Change Program (KCP)
Country:World; Date Stored:2012/05/16
Document Date:2012/05/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Emerging Markets; Currencies and Exchange Rates; Debt Markets; Mutual Funds; Investment and Investment ClimateLanguage:English
Major Sector:FinanceRel. Proj ID:1W-Capital Flows And Financial Integration -- -- P053639;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS6072
Sub Sectors:General finance sectorTF No/Name:TF092859-KCP - CAPITAL RAISING ACTIVITY IN DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS; TF098583-KCP II - On the use of domestic and international debt markets; BBRSB-BB RESEARCH SUPPORT BUDGET; TF040198-WORLD:; TF094565-KCP II - GLOBALIZATION, RISK, AND CRISES; TF010688-KCP II - Understanding Capital Flows to Developing Countries; TF040145-WORLD:; TF092864-CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF MACROECONOMIC VOLATILITY
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Summary: Using micro-level data on mutual funds from different financial centers investing in equity and bonds, this paper analyzes how investors and managers behave and transmit shocks across countries. The paper shows that the volatility of mutual fund investments is quantitatively driven by investors through injections of capital into, or redemptions out of, each fund, and by managers changing the country weights and cash in their portfolios. Both investors and managers respond to returns and crises, and substantially adjust their investments accordingly. These mechanisms generated large capital reallocations during the global financial crisis. Their behavior tends to be pro-cyclical, reducing their exposure to countries experiencing crises and increasing it when conditions improve. Managers actively change country weights over time, although there is significant short-run "pass-through," meaning that price changes affect country weights. Consequently, capital flows from mutual funds do not seem to stabilize markets and instead expose countries to foreign shocks.

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