David Schumacher

Assistant Professor, Finance Area
Desautels Faculty of Management
McGill University

1001 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC H3A 1G5, Canada

E-Mail: david.schumacher@mcgill.ca
Phone: (+1) 514-398-4778
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Curriculum Vitae    


Research Interests

International Finance, Portfolio Management, Financial Institutions, Asset Pricing    


  • Outsourcing in the International Mutual Fund Industry: An Equilibrium View    
    (joint with O. Chuprinin and M. Massa). The Journal of Finance, forthcoming.
Abstract: We study outsourcing relationships among international asset management firms. We find that in companies that manage both outsourced and inhouse funds, inhouse funds outperform outsourced funds by 0.85% annually (57% of the expense ratio). We attribute this result to preferential treatment of inhouse funds via the preferential allocation of IPOs, trading opportunities and cross-trades, especially at times when inhouse funds face steep outflows and require liquidity. We explain preferential treatment with agency problems: it increases with the subcontractor's market power and the difficulty of monitoring the subcontractor and decreases with the subcontractor's amount of parallel inhouse activity.

Working Papers

  • Home Bias Abroad: Domestic Industries and Foreign Portfolio Choice    
Abstract: In their foreign portfolios, international mutual funds overweight industries that are comparatively large in their domestic stock market. This Foreign Industry Bias is akin to a "Home Bias Abroad" and explains between 13% and 47% of foreign benchmark deviations. The bias is associated with superior performance primarily driven by stock-picking within foreign industries by funds with a simultaneous "Home Bias" in the domestic portfolio. Such funds outperform foreign market indices and active local country funds when investing in large domestic industries abroad. The results suggest that domestic stock market compositions proxy for the comparative advantages of international investors when they invest abroad.
  • Contagion and Decoupling in Intermediated Financial Markets    
Abstract: I analyze the interplay between fundamental and intermediation risk in a multi-asset dynamic general equilibrium model with heterogeneous agents. Agents differ in their level of direct access to investment opportunities. Intermediation relationships are formed to overcome limited market access. Intermediation risk is captured via frictions in the relationships between agents that introduce fragility into asset prices. Asset prices are fragile when they have a concentrated investor base making them dependent on the fortunes of a few investors. In contrast, a non-concentrated investor base makes asset prices resilient with respect to intermediation risk. But not all assets with a concentrated investor base are fragile. I identify fundamental characteristics that induce resilience in assets with a common concentrated investor base. These characteristics lead to portfolio rebalancing within the common investor base that makes some assets resilient and renders others fragile in the presence of intermediation risk. Likewise, in a multi-asset framework, assets that are resilient due to a broad investor base are not completely immune to the fragility experienced by other assets. In a dynamic context, fragile assets tend to experience contagion whereas resilient assets tend to decouple whenever the intermediation frictions are severe. I argue that an understanding of the dynamic behavior of asset prices requires an understanding of fundamental and intermediation risk as well as the interaction between the two.

Work in Progress

  • Learning and Synergies in Financial Markets: Evidence from Financial M&A's
    (joint with M. Lou and A. Manconi).
  • Is the World Market for Alpha Integrated?
    (joint with M. Massa).