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world financial markets and institutions
World Financial Markets and Institutions
  • International Banking and Money Market
  • International Bond Market
  • International Equity Markets
  • International Portfolio Investment
  • Futures and Options on Foreign Exchange
  • Currency and Interest Rate Swaps
international portfolio investment
International Portfolio Investment
  • International portfolio ________________
  • Portfolio theory and _______________ investment
  • International mutual funds
    • International diversification through country _____
    • International diversification through __________
    • International diversification through __________
  • Home ____________
portfolio return
Portfolio return
  • Investment in international securities offer opportunities for ______________ but increases foreign exchange ____________;
  • For example,
    • A Canadian portfolio manager buys 10 UK shares at £10 per share, at $2.30/£;
    • At the end of the period, the shares have risen in value to £110, but the pound falls to $2.10/£:
portfolio return5
Portfolio return
  • Three rates of return:
portfolio risk
Portfolio risk
  • Two sources of uncertainly
    • Stock return volatility
    • Exchange rate volatility
portfolio risk and return
Portfolio risk and return
  • You are investing into a stock in the emerging market. The stock return is expected to be 30% and the standard deviation of the return is estimated 45%. The foreign currency is expected to depreciate by 10% during the following year, with estimated 20% standard deviation of the currency depreciation. The correlation between stock returns in that country and the exchange rate changes is estimated -0.09.
  • What are the expected return and risk of holding this stock, in $?
  • What is the probability that you will lose money? … earn no more than the current $ riskless rate of 5% on this investment? … probability that you will earn return between 5% and zero ? Assume normal distribution.
portfolio theory and international investment
Portfolio theory and international investment
  • Returns are not perfectly correlated with exchange rates. Under certain conditions stocks:
    • Less risky for international investors than for domestic investors.
        • i.e.
    • Provide higher returns for international investors than for domestic investors
        • i.e.
  • International investments offer greater investment opportunities compared to domestic investments
markowitz efficient frontier
Markowitz Efficient frontier
  • Portfolio risk and return
    • Mean portfolio return ___________
    • Portfolio variance _____________
  • Mean-variance efficiency
    • For any combination of stocks, it is possible to construct a portfolio that will give the __________ return for a given level of risk, or the lowest risk for a given _________ of required return
  • Capital Allocation with lending/borrowing
    • If you use a riskless asset in your investments, or if you ___________, it is possible to achieve higher returns compared with the case when you do not use riskless investment / borrowing
markowitz frontier and cml
Markowitz Frontier and CML

Actual spreadsheet. Double-click on graph and go to sheet “Markowitz” to see calculations.

optimal international portfolio selection
Optimal International Portfolio Selection
  • Security returns are much less correlated across countries than within a country.
    • __________, ___________, __________, and even _________ factors affecting security returns tend to ____ across countries, resulting in low correlations among international securities.
  • The correlation of Canadian stock markets with the returns on the stock markets in other nations varies.
    • The correlation of the U.S. stock market with the Canadian stock market is 58%.
    • The correlation of the U.S. stock market with the Japanese stock market is 26%.
    • A U.S. investor would get ________ diversification from investments in Japan than Canada.
optimal portfolio investment
Optimal Portfolio Investment
  • Various ways to optimize, the text suggests the following technique:
    • ______________ portfolio’s Sharpe Ratio subject to the following:
    • Portfolio _________ = weighted average return
    • Portfolio ____________ = [ΣiΣjσij]0.5
    • Constraints:
      • Sum of ____________ weights xi= 1
    • Obtain optimal weights for each country’s stock market index and call them OIP weights, OIP – optimal investment portfolio
international mutual funds
International Mutual Funds:
  • An investor can easily achieve international diversification by investing in international mutual fund. View HSBC funds
  • The advantages include
  • __________ on ____________ and ___________ costs.
  • Circumvention of legal and institutional ___________ to direct portfolio investments abroad.
  • Professional _____________ and record ___________.
  • A country fund invests exclusively in the stocks of a single county. This allows investors to:
    • Speculate in a _________ foreign market with minimum cost.
    • Construct their own ___________ international portfolios.
    • Diversify into ___________ markets that are otherwise practically inaccessible.
american depository receipts
American Depository Receipts
  • Foreign stocks often trade on U.S. exchanges as ADRs.
  • It is a receipt that represents the number of foreign shares that are deposited at a U.S. bank.
  • The bank serves as a _________ agent for the ADRs
  • There are many advantages to trading ADRs as opposed to direct investment in the company’s shares:
    • ADRs are in U.S. dollars, trade on U.S. exchanges and can be bought through any broker.
    • Dividends are paid in U.S. dollars.
    • Most underlying stocks are bearer securities, the ADRs are registered.
i shares
i Shares
  • World Equity Benchmark Shares (WEBS)
    • Country-specific _________ of stocks designed to replicate the country indexes of 14 countries.
    • WEBS are subject to U.S. SEC and IRS diversification _______________.
    • Low ____________, convenient way for investors to hold diversified investments in several different countries.
  • Re-named into iShares in 2000.
the home bias in equity portfolios


Share in World Market Value

Proportion of Domestic Equities in Portfolio



























The Home Bias in Equity Portfolios
why home bias in portfolio holdings
Why Home Bias in Portfolio Holdings?
  • Three explanations come to mind:
    • Domestic equities may provide a superior _____________ hedge.
    • Home bias may reflect institutional and legal ___________ on foreign investment.
    • Extra taxes and transactions/information costs for __________ securities may give rise to home bias.
  • You are a French investor holding a portfolio of US bonds. Over the month, the value of your portfolio increases from $1 million to $1.05 million. The exchange rate moves from 1.00 EUR/USD to 1.02 EUR/USD. (i) what is your rate of return in dollars? (ii) what is your rate of return in Euros? Is the difference exactly equal to the percentage movement in the exchange rates, and why?

Consider a Canadian pension fund with the following characteristics:

Is the risk-return of the foreign portfolio attractive?

  • Types of taxation
  • Tax environments
  • Tax planning
  • On June 1, 2005 you bought a 182-day T-bill at a price of 97.905 of its maturity value. Your average tax rate is 26.5% and you marginal tax rate of 33.0%. What is your after-tax EAR on the T-bill?
  • What is the after-tax real rate of return on this t-bill for a person whose marginal tax rate is 48%? Inflation rate is 3%.
  • Assume that interest rates do not change during the year and there is opportunity for re-investment at the same rate.
types of taxation
Types of Taxation
  • Income Tax
  • Withholding Tax
  • Value-Added Tax
  • Other taxes
income tax
Income Tax
  • An income tax is a tax on __________ and ___________ __________.
  • Many countries in the world obtain a significant portion of their tax _________ from income taxes.
  • An income tax is a _________ tax, that is one that is paid directly by the taxpayer upon whom it is levied.
withholding tax
Withholding Tax
  • Withholding taxes are withheld from the payments a corporation __________ to the taxpayer.
  • The taxes are levied on __________ income earned by an individual or corporation of one country within the tax jurisdiction of another country.
  • Passive income includes dividends and interest income, income from royalties, patents, or copyrights.
  • A withholding tax is an ____________ tax.
value added tax
Value-Added Tax
  • A value-added tax (_______) is an indirect national tax levied on the value added in production of a good or service.
  • In many European and Latin American countries the VAT has become a major source of taxation on private citizens.
  • Many ________________ prefer a VAT to an income tax because the incentive effects of the two taxes differ sharply.
value added tax36
Value-Added Tax
  • An income tax has the incentive effect of discouraging _________.
  • A VAT has the incentive effect of discouraging ___________ (thereby encouraging saving).
  • VAT’s are easier to administer as well. While taxpayers have an incentive to hide their income, producers have an incentive to make sure that their upstream suppliers in the production process declare the value added (and pay the tax!).
value added tax calculation

Production Stage

Selling Price

Value Added

Incremental VAT










Total VAT

Value-Added Tax Calculation

In this example, the tax rate is 15 percent. Suppose that stage one is the sale of raw materials to the manufacturer; stage two is the sale of finished goods to a retailer; stage three is the sale of inventory from the retailer to the consumer.

other types of taxation
Other Types of Taxation
  • A __________ tax is a tax levied not on income but on the wealth of a taxpayer. __________ taxes are an example.
  • A poll tax is a tax on your _____________. It is so called because it was collected from those who wished to vote.
the national tax environments
The National Tax Environments
  • Worldwide Taxation
    • Tax national residents of the country on their worldwide income no matter in which country it was __________;
    • Creates the _____________ for double taxation.
  • Territorial Taxation
    • Territorial taxation tax residents based upon __________ the taxable event occurred.
  • Foreign Tax ___________
foreign tax credits
Foreign Tax Credits
  • Allows taxpayers to recover somewhat from _________ taxation.
  • Direct foreign tax credits are computed for direct taxes ______ on active foreign-source income of a foreign branch of a MNC or on withholding taxes ________ from passive income.
  • Indirect foreign tax credits are for income taxes ______________ by the subsidiary.
organizational structures for reducing tax liabilities
Organizational Structures for Reducing Tax Liabilities
  • Branch & Subsidiary Income
  • Payments to and from Foreign Affiliates
  • Tax Havens
branch subsidiary income
Branch & Subsidiary Income
  • An overseas affiliate of a MNC can be organized as a _______ or a ____________.
  • A foreign branch is not an independently incorporated firm separate from the parent.
    • Branch income passes ____________ through to the parent’s income statements.
  • A foreign subsidiary is an affiliate organization of the MNC that is independently incorporated.
    • Income may not be _________ in domestic country until it is ______________, under certain circumstances.
foreign corporations
Foreign Corporations
  • US tax law
    • _______________ foreign corporation
      • ______ < ownership stake < ________
      • Active and passive income taxed only when remitted to parent in the _________________
    • Controlled foreign corporation
      • _________ < ownership stake
      • Active and income taxed only when __________ to parent, passive income taxed when ________ even if not remitted to parent
transfer pricing
Transfer pricing
  • Having foreign affiliates offers transfer price tax arbitrage strategies.
  • The transfer price is the accounting value assigned to a good or service as it is transferred from one affiliate to another.
  • If one country has ______ taxes, don’t recognize income there—have those affiliates pay _________ transfer prices. If one country has _________ taxes, recognize income there—have those affiliates pay ________ transfer prices.
tax havens
Tax Havens
  • Tax havens are countries with ______ corporate income tax rates and ______ withholding tax rates on _________ income.
  • Tax havens were once useful as ___________ for a MNC to establish a shell company.