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Hong Zhang, Phoenix Chair Professor of Finance, Tsinghua University: Inefficient Globalization of Finance: Evidence from Marketing-Oriented Overseas Expansions of Low-Skilled Mutual Fund Families

Time: 2016-09-21 18:37 Print

Topic: Inefficient Globalization of Finance: Evidence from Marketing-Oriented Overseas Expansions of Low-Skilled Mutual Fund Families

Speaker: Hong Zhang, Phoenix Chair Professor of Finance, PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University

Date: September 21th (Wednesday.)

Time: 1:30-2:30pm

Location: Building 4, Room 101

Language: English

Abstract:

We study how globalization of finance may unintendedly reduce market efficiency through low-skilled mutual fund companies. Particularly, globalization of finance may allow low-skilled mutual fund companies to achieve product differentiation by launching new funds for “marketing” purposes rather than for the goal of improving investor welfare or market efficiency. Using the complete sample of global mutual funds, we find that low-skill fund companies are more likely to launch new funds that track less-explored foreign equity market indices. These new funds, however, typically deliver lower returns and lower diversification benefits. The associated cross-border capital flows increase the degree of market integration, but reduce price efficiency and liquidity.

About the speaker:

Hong Zhang is currently Phoenix Chair Professor of Finance at PBC School of Finance, Tsinghua University. Before joining PBCSF, he had worked at INSEAD since 2004, and visited Yale School of Management in 2010 and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in 2010-2012. He received his PHD in Finance from Yale School of Management in 2004. Prior to studying finance, he studied physics in New York University and had won a national gold medal and national champion for experiments at 8th Chinese Physics Olympics. Professor Zhang is experienced in MBA/EMBA teaching and senior Executive education, and his research covers international finance, institutions, mutual funds, hedge funds as well as corporate governance. His research is published in top finance journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Financial and the Quantitative Analysis and the Review of Finance.