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Title:International Diversification at Home and Abroad PDF Logo
Authors:Cai, Fang
Warnock, Francis E.
Issue Date:2005
Series/Report no.:Kieler Arbeitspapiere 1246
Abstract:We analyze foreigners? and domestic institutional investors? positions in U.S. equities. Controlling for many factors, we uncover a common preference for large firms and firms that are diversified internationally. The domestic preference for internationally diversified firms implies that investors might obtain substantial international diversification by investing at home. Using an international factor model, we show that exposure to foreign equity markets is indeed greater for domestic firms that are more diversified internationally, suggesting that at least some of the home-grown foreign exposure translates into international diversification benefits. After accounting for home-grown foreign exposure, the share of ?foreign? equities in investors? portfolios nearly doubles, reducing (but not eliminating) the observed home bias.
Subjects:home bias
international portfolio allocation
foreign exposure
JEL:G15
G11
G3
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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