The Usual Suspects: Timescales, Strategies and Constraints of Emerging Market Asset Managers

  • Javier Santiso
Part of the The CERI Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (CERI)


Fund managers play a fundamental role in the confidence game. They allocate assets around the world, investing in firms’ stocks or countries’ bonds. In this confidence game with its financial crises, they are the usual suspects, frequently accused of being short-termist. By the time of the Asian crisis, for example, concerns arose about offshore funds (the so-called hedge funds) and their impact on financial market volatility.1 In fact the results of research are mixed, underlining above all that offshore funds are not especially worrisome monsters herding more than onshore funds during a crisis.2 In the same way, as underlined by previous researches, using large sample data on closed end country funds, foreign investors don’t tend to move out of a country when there is imminent crisis ahead before domestic fund managers.3 Because they are better informed, local investors tend infact to move quicker than foreign investors. Different types of investors tend to behave differently. This is the case for individual versus institutional investors or local versus international. It is therefore misleading to lump all investors, or even all foreign investors, into one single basket. Individual foreign investors, due to lack of information, tend to herd more than institutional foreign investors, and nonresident investors tend to herd more than resident ones.4


Mutual Fund Pension Fund Hedge Fund Fund Manager Asset Manager 
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