Title

Evaluating the Diversification in Benefits of the New Country Funds

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1992

Abstract

This article investigates the degree to which country funds provide diversification benefits to a U.S. investor. The diversification value is examined both in an absolute sense and in terms of comparison to direct investment in the home country stock market. The results indicate that country funds offer some diversification benefit but are poor substitutes for direct holdings of foreign equities. The partitioning of country fund return volatility between trading and non-trading hours is also examined. Volatility is found to be greatest when the New York stock markets are open, even when the underlying country's stock trading and business hours do not match New York trading hours. This suggests that country funds behave more like domestic U.S. stocks than like foreign equity portfolios.

Discipline

Business

Research Areas

Finance

Publication

Journal of Portfolio Management

Volume

18

Issue

3

First Page

74

Last Page

80

ISSN

0095-4918

Identifier

10.3905/jpm.1992.409405

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