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Foreign investor trading behavior has evolved

Olena Onishchenko and Numan Ülkü

Journal of Multinational Financial Management, 2019, vol. 51, issue C, 98-115

Abstract: Foreign (equity portfolio) investors have been characterized as return chasers in both the empirical and theoretical literature. Using 1996–1998 investor trading data from Korea, Choe et al. (2005) document that foreign investors trade at disadvantaged prices, because they trade after prices have moved against them. Using a 2004–2015 sample of Korean data, we show that these established facts have changed: foreigners do not any longer trade after prices have moved against them and are no longer disadvantaged; they trade at more favorable prices compared with domestic institutions. We document an essentially monotonic evolution of foreign investor trading behavior over time, from return chasing toward well-timed negative feedback trading, which parallels the improvement in their trading prices. Using marketwide-foreign investor trading data available from around the world, we show that foreigners’ shift away from positive feedback trading is a pervasive phenomenon. These findings imply a major empirical update on foreign investor trading behavior.

Keywords: Foreign investors; Positive feedback trading; Average buying-selling prices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F32 G11 G15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.mulfin.2019.04.005

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