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Rising portfolio flows : short-lived or sustainable (English)

Private portfolio flows, both bonds and equity, have grown explosively in the past four years. The revival of portfolio flows to developing countries was led initially by a sharp expansion in bond financing. The increase has gone largely to a few countries in Latin America, where gross equity portfolio flows have grown more than tenfold in four years. The potentially huge supply of portfolio equity flows to developing countries is motivated not only by source country conditions but by host country creditworthiness, a desire for diversification, host and source country regulations, and investor information. Changes in all these factors suggest that access to these flows should prove to be sustainable to a reasonable degree.




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Rising portfolio flows : short-lived or sustainable (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.