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|Title: ||An analysis of the relative performance of Japanese and foreign money management|
|Authors: ||Brown, Stephen J.|
Goetzmann, William N.
|Issue Date: ||25-Sep-2002|
|Series/Report no.: ||FIN-02-028|
|Abstract: ||Foreign investment management firms have recently started to play a major role in the investment trust business in Japan. In terms of assets under management, their size and market share have almost doubled in the
past several years. In part, the relative success of foreign managed firms in
attracting market share may be attributed to the fact that Japanese investment trusts have underperformed benchmarks in quite a dramatic
fashion over the past two decades. This is at best indirect evidence that Japanese funds under perform their foreign counterparts. In a recent paper (Brown, Goetzmann, Hiraki, Otsuki and Shiraishi 2001) we show that the
under performance can be attributed almost entirely to the unique tax environment of Japanese investment trusts, which had the effect of heavily penalizing early withdrawals. The relaxation of these regulations coincided with a major inflow of new money into the investment trust business. We examine the relative performance of Japanese and foreign investment management firms before and after this change in tax regulations, and find that the poor relative performance of Japanese funds from April 2000 through December 2001 may in part be attributed to the huge inflow of new money
into this sector and the style shifts made necessary to accommodate this flow.|
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