Articles

Distracted Institutional Investors

D. SCHMIDT

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis

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Départements : Finance

Mots clés : Inattention, Institutional Investors, Trading Behavior

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2789001


We investigate how distraction affects the trading behavior of professional asset managers. Exploring detailed transaction-level data, we show that managers with a large fraction of portfolio stocks exhibiting an earnings announcement are significantly less likely to trade in other stocks, suggesting that these announcements absorb attention which is missing for the choice of which stocks to trade. Hence, attention constraints can be binding even among this elite group of traders. Finally, we identify two channels through which distraction hurts managers’ performance: distracted managers fail to close losing positions, partly explained by these managers displaying a stronger disposition effect, and incur slightly higher transaction costs


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