An empirical examination of the diversification benefits of U.K. international equity closed-end funds

Fletcher, Jonathan (2018) An empirical examination of the diversification benefits of U.K. international equity closed-end funds. International Review of Financial Analysis, 55. pp. 23-34. ISSN 1057-5219

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    Abstract

    I use the Bayesian approach of Wang (1998) to examine the diversification benefits of international equity U.K. closed-end funds (CEF) in the presence of market frictions. No short selling constraints substantially reduce, and in some cases eliminate the diversification benefits of CEF. However, adjusting for higher trading costs in the benchmark assets, the diversification benefits of the funds are significant. The paper also finds that when comparing to the international equity exchange-traded funds (ETF), that both groups of funds are necessary to maximize the benefits of international diversification.