Title

“Emerging” vs. “developed” markets closed-end funds: A comparative performance analysis

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Abstract

This study examines the fund-level correlates of return and share price discount or premium for the closed end funds (CEFs) investing in emerging and developed capital markets. It also compares the performance of CEFs investing in emerging markets with similar types of funds that invested in the developed markets, especially significant in light of recent economic crises experienced by a number of such emerging economies and their ripple (contagion) effects felt in other emerging or developed capital markets. Lastly, as emerging markets constitute a wide array of countries with very different economic records, this paper looks into the performance of emerging markets CEFs by region as well as the performance of single-country versus regional funds. Findings confirmed results of many studies of domestic and international open- or closed-end funds on determinants of return and share price discount or premium. Emerging capital markets also continued to provide an outlet for international investors to improve their portfolio return despite significant volatility that surrounded them during the study period. Lastly, this study did not find any compelling evidence for consistent superior performance by CEFs investing in any particular region or country within the emerging markets. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2004.

Publication Name

Managerial Finance

Volume Number

30

First Page

51

Last Page

61

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1108/03074350410768967

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