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Returns from active management in international equity markets; evidence from a panel of UK pension funds

Blake, David and Timmermann, Allan (2002) Returns from active management in international equity markets; evidence from a panel of UK pension funds. Discussion paper: UBS Pensions Series 004, 426. Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper proposes new performance decomposition measures that allow one to analyse the sources of returns on the international equity holdings of a large cross-section of UK pension funds. Our results suggest that the pension funds earned negative returns both from international market timing and from selecting stocks within individual foreign regions. The average fund underperformed a passive global equity benchmark by 70 basis points per annum. This is substantially greater than UK pension funds' underperformance in their domestic equity market. We discuss the implications of these findings for theories of informational asymmetries in international stock markets.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://fmg.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2002 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Financial Markets Group (FMG)
Collections > Economists Online
Collections > LSE Financial Markets Group (FMG) Working Papers
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 426
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2009 14:45
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/24946/

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