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Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Investment Banks’ Recommendations and Emerging Markets: The Usual Suspects. Javier Santiso Chief Economist and Acting Director Sebastian Nieto Parra Research Associate OECD Development Centre.  Basel - September 2007 . Overview. 1. Objective. 2.

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Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Investment Banks’ Recommendations and Emerging Markets: The Usual Suspects

Javier SantisoChief Economist and Acting Director

Sebastian Nieto Parra

Research Associate

OECD Development Centre

Basel - September 2007

overview
Overview

1

Objective

2

Capital Flows and Research Publications

3

Determinants of Banks’ Recommendations

4

Conclusions and Policy Lessons

two core questions
Two core questions
  • Do recommendations given by investment banks have an impact on the allocation of portfolio flows in the emerging markets?
  • What is behind investment banks’ recommendations? A work in process:

- Recommendations and the business of investment banks (i.e. bond issuances by sovereigns).

- Financial Markets’ analysts and political events in emerging democracies.

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Overview

1

Objective

Capital Flows and Brokers Publications

2

Determinants of Banks’ Recommendations

3

4

Conclusions and Policy Lessons

recommendations database
Recommendations Database

Construction of a unique database containing the recommendations given by the major investment banks to the Latin American bond markets:

- Over 3 800 observations.

- 12 Major Investment Banks.

- Covering the period 1997-2007.

- Direct and strict link between financial intermediaries and investors (not public information).

recommendations database6
Recommendations Database

We have taken the recommendations given by 12 investment banks. All of them important players in the emerging bond markets, i.e. market makers.

recommendations database8
Recommendations Database

Example: Average of the recommendations given to Brazil by the investment banks (lhs) with respect to the weight of Brazil in the EMBI Global index (rhs).

recommendations database9
Recommendations Database

We have taken 11 Latin American countries that represent nearly 95% of the GDP of the region.

The total number of recommendations is over 3,800.

capital flows to emerging countries
Capital Flows to Emerging Countries

A large body has studied the determinants of capital flows:

“Push factors” or global factors.

Fernandez-Arias (1996) and Calvo et al (1993).

“Pull factors” or local factors.

Taylor and Sarno (1997) and Alfaro et al (2005).

Information and distance.

Savastano (2000), Papaioannou (2004) and Portes and Rey (2005).

determinants of capital flows
Determinants of capital flows

Impact of recommendations on capital flows (Bond flows and Equity flows respectively):

(i)

(ii)

where and : percentage allocated by funds in country i with respect to the total amount invested in emerging economies.

: the average of the investment banks’ recommendations given to country i.

: Pull macroeconomic variables defined by capital markets (exchange rate, spread of sovereign bonds and rate of return of equity).

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Determinants of capital flows

: Pull macroeconomic variables that are strongly influenced by real sector (economic activity, inflation rate and interest rate).

: country invariant variables which capture global factors (US nominal rates and US industrial production).

Period of the analyses: 1997-2005 for equity flows

2002-2006 for bond flows

Frequency: Monthly.

Countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

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Determinants of capital flows
  • We used Variance Inflation Factors (VIF) as a measure of the multi-colinearity in the regressions. The result of this analysis excluded two variables:

- US Federal Funds Real rate (by substracting core CPI)

- A Composite leading indicator (CLI) provided by the OECD.

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Determinants of capital flows
  • In order to determine if a Random Effects Model (REM) was an adequate econometric model for this analysis we realised the Hausman Test. The null hypothesis underlying the Hausman Test (FEM and REM estimators do not differ substantially) was rejected.
  • In order to avoid problems of endogeneity between independent and dependent variables we have also taken into account the first lag of each of the explanatory variables in the regressions. In fact, by taking the lagged explanatory variable we could solve causality problems which are common to capital flows analysis.
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Determinants of capital flows

Three results:

The impact of investment banks’ recommendations on capital flows is positive and significant.

The impact of the recommendations given to external public debt goes beyond sovereign bond flows. Indeed, although their influence is minor, these recommendations also affect private equity flows.

3. This new microeconomic variable improves the fit of capital flows regressions more than some traditional macroeconomic variables such as interest rates, economic growth and inflation rate.

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Overview

1

Objective

Capital Flows and Brokers Publications

2

Determinants of Banks’ Recommendations

3

4

Conclusions and Policy Lessons

recommendations and research literature
Recommendations and Research Literature

Variety of results:

  • Analysts are confronted with a trade-off between sending true signals and optimistic signals. Jackson (2005).
  • Larger number of buy recommendations than sell recommendations. Barber et al (2001).
  • Market reaction to upgrades is less pronounced than the market reaction to downgrades by analysts. Asquith et al (2005).
  • Impact of the measures introduced by the NYSE and NASDAQ, but also the sanctions established by the SEC in 2002. Madureira (2004), Boni and Womack (2002) and Unger (2001).
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Recommendations and Research Literature
  • Empirical studies of the relationship between the recommendations and underwriters are concentrated to OECD countries.

Agrawal et al (2008), Lin et al (1998), Krigman et al (2001), Dechow et al (2000) and Michaely and Womack (1999).

  • Research literature concentrated in emerging markets is scarce and exclusively concentrated in the equity market.

Bacmann and Bollinger (2001), Seasholes (2000 and 2004) and Chang et al (2000).

investment banks business
Investment banks’ business
  • Banks are faced with a trade-off concerning recommendations:
  • While sell side business could have the incentive to build reputation by giving accurate information in the long term ….
  • …. in the short term recommendations could be biased in order to obtain short term profits.
  • Additionally, investment banking activities could be motivated to recommend optimistically the assets which they are participating as underwriters in an IPO.
underwriters recommendations
Underwriters’ recommendations

- 90% of the underwriters recommend at the issue date to buy or to maintain in their portfolio the bonds issued by the countries where they are acting as underwriters.

size of the market and recommendations
Size of the Market and Recommendations

As the size of the market increases, the recommendation tends to become increasingly favourable: “too big to underweight”.

the argentinean case
The Argentinean Case

67 per cent of the recommendations were to maintain the positions in Argentinean External Debt (prior 2001). Two examples:

Morgan Stanley: “We are maintaining our Market Perform recommendation on Argentine bonds….Relaxation of fiscal targets and an innovative IMF-led financial package from creditors both improve Argentina’s credit outlook. Argentina needs to raise an estimated $2.6 billion to fulfil its first quarter financing requirements. New issues are expected to total $5.6 billion in 2001. Growth and fiscal performance are becoming the focus of investors’ attention.” January 26, 2001.

Salomon Smith Barney (Citigroup): “The successful implementation of the IMF support package — with the associated debt management transactions — and the change in the global outlook probably increases the chances that economic activity will pick up in the second half of the year. We therefore recommend a neutral position in external bonds and local currency instruments.” January 17, 2001 .

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Underwriters’ Recommendations

Structure of the Underwriting Market: Few number of participants.

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Underwriters’ Recommendations

The probability that a government continues at state t+1 with the same lead manager used in the previous period (t) is reduced.

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Underwriters’ Recommendations

Given the structure of the market, there is an incentive for non-underwriters to give an equal or better recommendation than underwriters.

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Underwriters’ Recommendations

A possible variable that represents the conflict of interest of banks could be the countries’ participation in the banks’ primary bond markets business (by using a long run analysis).

Two years…

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Underwriters’ Recommendations

…and 4 years.

Moreover, some investment banks have specialized the origination business in small countries.

political and financial crisis
Political and Financial Crisis

Nominal exchange rate depreciation

Elections

Country`s Total

andgovernment change

1989

17

1

Colombia

13

1,16

1990

14

2

Costa Rica

11

1991

3

3

Guatemala

11

1,14

1992

0

4

Ecuador

10

1,12

1993

10

5

Chile

10

1994

18

6

Peru

10

1,1

1995

6

7

Honduras

10

1,08

1996

8

8

Paraguay

9

1997

7

9

Brazil

9

1,06

1998

15

10

El Salvador

9

1,04

1999

12

11

Republica Dom.

9

2000

11

1,02

12

Uruguay

9

2001

4

13

Mexico

9

1

2002

13

14

Argentina

8

2003

8

0,98

15

Nicaragua

8

2004

6

16

Panama

8

0,96

2005

5

17

Venezuela

8

Source: Frieden, Ghezzi y Stein, 2001

2006

11

0,94

18

Bolivia

7

-9

-8

-7

-6

-5

-4

-3

-2

-1

0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

political and financial crisis some countries achieved to decouple both cycles mexico in 2000
Political and Financial CrisisSomecountriesachievedtodecouplebothcycles: Mexico in 2000.

Timing of Presidential Elections and Exchange Rate Depreciations in Mexico, 1975-2000

Election Year

Election Year

Election Year

Election Year

Election Year

Source: Jorge Blázquez and Javier Santiso, 2004.

political and financial crisis others have overcome the test of fire more recently brazil in 2006
Political and Financial CrisisOthershaveovercomethe test of fire more recently: Brazil in 2006

Source: Based on Juan Martínez and Javier Santiso, 2003.

political events and bond recommendations
Political Events and Bond Recommendations

Over the course of 2006, all the most important Latin American Countries (by excepting Argentina) elected their head of the state.

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

In comparison to previous election periods, the elections of 2006 point to a markedly improved confidence.

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

The Brazilian Case (2002 vs. 2006): “Da Lula Preta (2002)…

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

The Brazilian Case (2002 vs. 2006).

…A Lula de Mel” (2006). An Ex-Emerging Market?

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

Chile: Political event is not an issue. An Ex-Emerging Market? During the presidential elections of 2000 and…

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

Chile: Political event is not any more an issue

… the Presidential elections of 2006.

political events and recommendations
Political Events and Recommendations

Mexico: A risk country before the election date.

In 2000 due to the risk of transparency of the election process.

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

Mexico: A risk country before the election date.

In 2006 due to the risk of AMLO (López Obrador).

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Political Events and Bond Recommendations

Are financial markets becoming less sensitive to Latin American Election Cycles? Probably YES, although Ecuador...

a work in process
A work in process

An ordered probit analysis that determine the explanatory variables of recommendations. This model could be composed by three set of variables:

Where the investment value is given by the information ratio or Sharpe ratio:

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Overview

1

Objective

Capital Flows and Research Publications

2

Determinants of Banks’ Recommendations

3

4

Conclusions and Policy Lessons

investment banks recommendations
Investment banks’ recommendations
  • The impact of investment banks’ recommendations on capital flows is positive and significant.
  • What are the determinants of investment banks’ recommendations? Investment banks’ business and political events could be important factors.

An ordered probit regression analysis is necessary.

policy lessons
Policy Lessons
  • There is a need for more detailed information disclosure by investment banks : Push for financial markets transparency.
  • Government agencies should do a strategic monitoring on what financial market are writing about their respective country vulnerabilities: Monitor markets cognitive regimes.
  • Given that banks’ recommendations and portfolio flows are related, an international co-operation scheme needs to be established to encourage Market Makers to cover more countries: A Public –Private Patnership in emerging markets finance?
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Policy Lessons
  • Emerging Markets Covered by Financial Institutions in 2006
  • (% of total brokers)
  • Note: Countries most frequently analysed by Emerging Markets Analysts or covered by leading financial institutions. The percentage represents the average presence in their analysis. Only countries analysed by more than 25 per cent of the selected financial reports appear on the graph.
  • Source: Nieto and Santiso (2007), calculation according to 10 selected investment banks 3 relevant emerging market indices 1 global association of financial Institutions.
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Thank you!

Presentation based on:

Nieto Parra and Santiso (2007). “The Usual Suspects: A Primer on Investment Banks’ Recommendations and Emerging Markets”. OECD Development Centre Working Paper, 258 .Nieto Parra and Santiso (2007). “Enter the Matrix: Wall Street and Elections in Emerging Democracies”. OECD Development Centre Working Paper, Forthcoming.

http://www.oecd.org/dev

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Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Investment Banks’ Recommendations and Emerging Markets: The Usual Suspects

Javier SantisoChief Economist and Acting Director

Sebastian Nieto Parra

Research Associate

OECD Development Centre

Basel - September 2007