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Stock Market Reaction to Financial Statement Certification by Bank Holding Company CEOs

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  • Hirtle, Beverly

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In 2002, the SEC mandated that the CEOs of large, publicly traded firms certify the accuracy of their company financial statements. The SEC's certification order provides a natural experiment that gives insight into the question of whether banks are opaque. We find that the BHCs subject to the SEC's order experienced positive and significant average abnormal returns from certification. Characteristics associated with greater opaqueness-liquid asset holdings, information-intensive lending, and split credit ratings-are systematically associated with the size of abnormal returns.

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Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 38 (2006)
Issue (Month): 5 (August)
Pages: 1263-1291

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Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:38:y:2006:i:5:p:1263-1291

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  1. Bhattacharya, Utpal & Groznik, Peter & Haslem, Bruce, 2007. "Is CEO certification of earnings numbers value-relevant?," Journal of Empirical Finance, Elsevier, vol. 14(5), pages 611-635, December.
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  1. Tri Vi Dang & Gary Gorton & Bengt Holmström & Guillermo Ordonez, 2014. "Banks as Secret Keepers," NBER Working Papers 20255, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Giuliano Iannotta & Simon Kwan, 2013. "Effects of earnings management and delays in loss recognition on bank opacity," Working Paper Series 2013-35, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
  3. Christina E. Bannier & Patrick Behr & Andre Güttler, 2010. "Rating opaque borrowers: why are unsolicited ratings lower?," Review of Finance, European Finance Association, vol. 14(2), pages 263-294.
  4. Guo Li & Lee Sanning & Sherrill Shaffer, 2009. "Statistical Opacity In The U.S. Banking Industry," CAMA Working Papers 2009-16, Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  5. Flannery, Mark J. & Kwan, Simon H. & Nimalendran, Mahendrarajah, 2013. "The 2007–2009 financial crisis and bank opaqueness," Journal of Financial Intermediation, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 55-84.

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