Chinese and Global ADRs: The US Investor Experience

Hendrik Bessembinder, Te Feng Chen, Goeun Choi, K. C.John Wei

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We study outcomes to ADR (American Depositary Receipt) investments between August 1954 and September 2020, with particular attention to ADRs associated with Chinese firms. Overall, ADRs improved investors’ wealth by $1.03 trillion, with more than a third of this amount attributable to ADRs associated with Chinese firms. A value-weighted portfolio of ADRs associated with Chinese firms earned 14.1% per year since the first Chinese ADR was created in 1993, as compared with 9.9% per year for the overall US stock market over the same period. These data are relevant to current policy discussions focused on Chinese firms listed in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages16
JournalFinancial Analysts Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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