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Q&A: Seeking the Optimal Country Weighting Scheme

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:55:31 GMT

Financial theory suggests that a global value-weight market portfolio is the logical default position for an equity investor seeking the optimal allocation scheme across countries. What are the implications for this approach if we take structural factors into account that encourage a home bias? Australia, for example, offers tax incentives applicable only to local investors, so their citizens earn higher returns than foreign investors do holding the same stocks. Brazil accomplishes the same thing by imposing additional taxes on foreign investors. Would it make sense for foreigners to weight each country using a market cap adjusted to reflect only non-local holdings? (Read the full entry)