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Foreign ownership in emerging stock markets

Jonathan Batten () and Xuan Vinh Vo

Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 2015, vol. 32-33, 15-24

Abstract: We use several firm characteristics to establish the extent that information asymmetry impacts the level of foreign ownership in Vietnam. The findings indicate that foreign investors adopt a long term investment horizon and employ a buy and hold strategy to exploit potential growth prospects. These investors also avoid firms with riskier financial management practices and where information asymmetries provide advantages to domestic investors. Overall, these findings support the importance of linking deregulation with financial market openness and transparency to enhance and encourage international portfolio investment.

Keywords: Foreign ownership; Firm attributes; Portfolio investment; Vietnam (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F3 G10 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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