Financial panics and portfolio investment of international mutual funds

Huanhuan Zheng, Yothin Jinjarak

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This article studies equity investment of emerging-market funds based on the 2003–2009 weekly data and compares the dynamics of flow and return between tranquil period and financial panic based on the experience of the latest 2008–2009 global financial crisis. First, we find that the well-documented positive feedback trading is a tranquil-period phenomenon such that it is more difficult in general for emerging-market funds to attract new investment in financial panic. Second, the predictive power of flow on return is driven by a combination of price pressure and information effects in tranquil period, while the information effect dominates in financial panic. Third, the underlying co-movements or contagion of flow across the emerging-market funds influence the association between flow and return. Overall, the findings highlight the importance of accounting for state-dependent dynamics as well as cross-regional co-movements in the analysis of flow and return.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1793-1805
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Financial Economics
Issue number23
Early online date3 Nov 2010
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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