Investment Company Notebook

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Jonathan Mather

Should an ETF Investing in Foreign Securities Utilize Fair Value Adjustment Factors?

Posted by Jonathan Mather Jun 28, 2021 5:02:57 PM

Should an ETF investing in foreign securities utilize fair value adjustment factors? Before answering this question, we should address why investment companies use fair value adjustment factors. Funds that invest in international securities could be subject to market timers looking to take advantage of the arbitrage that may occur between the time a foreign stock exchange closes and the time the U.S. stock exchange closes. The market timer buys into the fund and then sells out of the fund the next day, driving up costs and diluting the share value for long-term investors.

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