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World Market of Investment Funds - Developments and Trends

Flavia Barna, Dan Dănuleţiu and Petru-Ovidiu Mura
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Petru-Ovidiu Mura: West University of Timişoara, Romania

Annals of the University of Petrosani, Economics, 2009, vol. 9, issue 3, 41-52

Abstract: Institutional investors - including mutual funds, pension funds, hedge funds, and insurance companies - are a growing force in developed capital markets. We are in an environment in which investors, regulators and legislators have a dramatically reduced tolerance for risk. Rules and regulations can provide additional investor protections, but can also reduce market efficiency at a great cost to borrowers and investors alike. Finding the right balance is the challenge, and is one that necessitates a wide-ranging discussion of proposals on the table. Our role as economists and researchers is to engage in this discussion on behalf of funds and their investors.

Keywords: mutual funds; emerging markets; crisis impact; asset volume; development factors (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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