Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 43, Issue 4, pp 779–794 | Cite as

Determinants of foreign portfolio investment in emerging markets: evidence from Saudi stock market

  • Ahmed Badawi
  • Anas Al QudahEmail author
  • Waleed M. Rashideh


Saudi Arabia has the largest stock market in the Gulf Region. Recently, it officially opened up to foreign investors in an effort to promote market stability and reduce volatility. In this study, we aim to explore the determinants that encourage foreign investors to invest in the Saudi stock market. The analysis shows that investors prefer to invest in privately owned firms and institutions with relatively higher levels of tangible assets while they disfavour firms that are government owned and have a high level of liquidity. This study investigates an issue that has not been previously addressed in this particular market; it also contributes to an understanding of foreign investors’ behaviours in emerging markets.


Portfolios Emerging markets Investment Saudi market 

JEL Classification

E31 E37 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia
  2. 2.Yarmouk University IrbidJordan
  3. 3.Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic UniversityRiyadhKingdom of Saudi Arabia

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