On the Effects of Barriers to International Investment

Authors

  • RENÉ M. STULZ

    1. University of Rochester Graduate School of Management, Rochester, New York
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    • I am grateful to Fischer Black, Stanley Fischer, Donald Lessard, Fred Phillips-Patrick, Patricia Reagan, Clifford Smith, and Lee Wakeman for useful discussions and comments. I thank Michael Adler and the Editor for useful advice. I acknowledge generous financial help from the Swiss National Research Fund.


  • The University of Rochester Graduate School of Management, Rochester, New York 14627.

ABSTRACT

A simple model is presented in which it is costly for domestic investors to hold foreign assets. The implications of the model for the composition of optimal portfolios at home and abroad are derived. It is shown that all foreign assets with a beta larger than some beta β* plot on either one of two security market lines. Some foreign assets with a beta smaller than β* are not held by domestic investors even if their expected return is increased slightly.

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