第一百七十期财务与会计学术论坛

信息来源: 发布时间:2014年10月11日

题目一:Country and Industry Concentration and the Performance of International Mutual Funds

时间:2013年3月29日(周五)下午3:00-4:30

地点:嘉庚二号楼501教室

报告人:Xue Wang,Assistant Professor of Finance, Renmin University of China

论文摘要:

International mutual funds diversify across countries and industries. In the meantime, fund managers may concentrate fund holdings on the countries or industries for which they have superior information. Using a hand-matched dataset on the holdings of the U.S. international equity mutual funds, we investigate the relationship between country vs. industry concentration and associated fund performance. We find that when sorted by country or industry concentration measures only, concentrated funds outperform their diversified counterparts, a result that is robust after controlling for various risk factors. This superior performance is twice as large in the industry dimension as it is in the country dimension. Moreover, the outperformance in the industry dimension is stronger for smaller funds than for larger funds, which is economically and statistically significant. However, this is not true with respect to the country dimension. Furthermore, we find that the superior performance stemming from country concentration can be explained by industry concentration. While our findings support the view that fund managers’ specialized industry knowledge, or private information (Kacperczyk, Sialm, and Zheng (2005)), can be extended to global markets (Albuquerque, Bauer, and Schneider (2009)), we find little evidence that country specific knowledge helps international equity fund managers improve their performance.

讲座人简介:

Dr. Wang got her Ph.D. of Finance and MBA from State University of New York at Binghamton, and Bachelor of Economics in International Finance from Qinghua University. Her research interest include investment, market effeciancy, and behavioral finance, etc. She has published a paper in Contemporary Accounting Research.

题目二:The Tradeoff between Tax Savings and Financial Reporting Costs: Public versus Private Firms in China

时间:2013年3月29日(周五)下午4:30-6:00

地点:嘉庚二号楼501教室

报告人:KennyLin, professor of Accounting, Lingnan University, Hong Kong

论文摘要:

This study examines how public and private firms responded to the 2008 tax rate reduction in China from 33% to 25%. We find that private firms report significantly more income-decreasing accruals than public firms in 2007, prior to the tax rate reduction. These negative accruals are substantial and material both compared to public firms and compared to 2008. By shifting taxable income from a high to a low tax year, private firms save about 8.6% of their total tax expenses in 2007. The results provide the first economy-wide estimates of the extent to which private firms respond materially to rate changes with inter-temporal income shifting.

讲座人简介:

Prof. Lin got his PhD in Accounting, MSc in Finance and BBA in Accounting from Glasgow Caledonian University (U.K.), Strathclyde University (U.K.) and Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics respectively. He has publications in top journals like Review of Accounting Studies.