International Equity Transactions and U.S. Portfolio Choice

By Linda L. TesarIngrid M. Werner
1993| Working Paper No. 1279

This paper studies the cross-border transaction in equity by investors in Canada, Germany, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. We find that investors from different countries make very different decisions about the allocation of their portfolio across markets. In contradiction to the motion that high variable transactions cost hinder international diversification, we find that the volume of gross equity flows vastly exceeds net equity flows and the turnover rate on foreign equity investments by some investors even exceeds domestic turnover rates. We also reject the hypothesis that U.S. investors follow the standard CAPM in allocating their global equity portfolio.