Balli, Faruk and Basher, Syed Abul and Ozer-Balli, Hatice (2010): From Home Bias to Euro Bias: Disentangling the Effects of Monetary Union on the European Financial Markets. Forthcoming in: Journal of Economics and Business
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Following the launch of the Euro in 1999, integration among Euro area financial markets increased considerably. As a result, portfolio home bias declined across the European financial markets. However, greater market integration has generated a new bias: portfolio Euro bias, a situation where Euro investors tend to hold large proportion of assets issued within the Euro region. The first part of this paper presents an empirical analysis of the economic factors at play behind the switch from home bias to Euro bias. We find that decline in default risk and transaction cost are two key determinants of the rise in portfolio Euro bias. The second part of the paper goes deeper into the effects of Euro bias on Euro area bond and equity markets. We observe that both government and corporate bond markets revealed clear signs of strain during the recent financial turmoil. Our results also reveal that the risk-reduction potential from geographic diversification within the Euro equity market is lower than that of the Euro sector diversification.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||From Home Bias to Euro Bias: Disentangling the Effects of Monetary Union on the European Financial Markets|
|Keywords:||Financial integration; home bias; Euro bias; transaction costs.|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G11 - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G12 - Asset Pricing; Trading volume; Bond Interest Rates
F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F21 - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
F - International Economics > F3 - International Finance > F36 - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
|Depositing User:||Syed Basher|
|Date Deposited:||02. May 2010 23:50|
|Last Modified:||11. Feb 2013 16:34|
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