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The Irrelevance of Margin: Evidence form the Crash of'87

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  • Seguin, Paul J
  • Jarrell, Gregg A
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    Following the crash of 1987, one contentious regulatory issue has been whether margin activity exacerbated the decline in equity values. The authors contrast the crash behavior of NASDAQ securities eligible for margin trading with the behavior of ineligible ones. Consistent with the hypothesis that margin-eligible securities were more frequently subjected to margin calls and forced sales, they find that abnormal volumes were uniformly larger for eligible securities. However, there is no evidence that this activity provoked additional price depreciation. Margin-eligible securities actually fell by one percent less than the ineligible securities over the period. Copyright 1993 by American Finance Association.

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    Article provided by American Finance Association in its journal Journal of Finance.

    Volume (Year): 48 (1993)
    Issue (Month): 4 (September)
    Pages: 1456-73

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:48:y:1993:i:4:p:1456-73

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