Depositary Receipts, Country Funds, and the Peso Crash: The Intraday Evidence

  • Author(s): Warren Bailey, Kalok Chan, Y. Peter Chung
  • Published: Dec 17, 2002
  • Pages: 2693-2717
  • DOI: 10.1111/0022-1082.00303

We study the intraday impact of exchange rate news on emerging market American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) and closed‐end country funds during the 1994 Mexican peso crisis. Peso exchange‐rate changes affect prices and trading volumes of Latin American equities, and some closed‐end fund behavior is consistent with “noise trader” theories of small investors. However, there is no evidence that peso depreciation triggers a significant sell‐off of non‐Mexican securities or that other non‐Mexican trading patterns change at times of high peso news flow. Thus, the “Tequila Effect” is largely confined to price changes.

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