Selecting The Countries For International Diversification
Source: Massey University
International stock portfolio returns are affected by exchange rate fluctuations. So, by reducing exposure to adverse exchange rate movements, portfolio returns may be improved. This paper proposes an innovative international diversification strategy which restricts investments to countries whose currencies are not anticipated to depreciate according to deviations from Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) accumulated over a five-year period. Using quarterly data from 1991 to 2006, performance of this strategy is examined for a number of investment horizons from the perspectives of eight developed countries with free-floating currencies.