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Foreign Institutional Investors: Fair-Weather Friends or Smart Traders?

Hari Venkatesh, Jyoti Kumari, Gourishankar S. Hiremath () and Hiranmoy Roy
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Hari Venkatesh: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Jyoti Kumari: IBS Hyderabad (ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education)
Gourishankar S. Hiremath: Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
Hiranmoy Roy: University of Petroleum and Energy Studies

Journal of Quantitative Economics, 2021, vol. 19, issue 2, No 6, 316 pages

Abstract: Abstract We examine a theoretically robust but previously undocumented issue of what drives foreign portfolio investments into emerging markets. Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) are often blamed as fair-weather friends who pull out their investment at the first sign of trouble. Using a bottom-up approach, we explore this possibility. We demonstrate the influence of the firm-specific factors such as size, book to market ratio, the riskiness of the stocks, stock prices, dividend yield, liquidity, leverage, and earnings on the FII ownership. We find no evidence to show foreign investors as fair-weather friends. Instead, they are smart traders who follow a diligent investment strategy. We suggest reforms in corporate governance and improvement in financial fundamentals of the companies to attract FII ownership.

Keywords: FII; Equity research; Corporate governance; Financials; Portfolio investment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F21 G10 G11 G32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s40953-021-00233-3

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