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UK Directors Trading: The Impact of Dealings in Smaller Firms

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  • John Matatko
  • Alan Gregory
  • Ian Tonks

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  • Richard Purkis

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This paper reassesses the UK results of significant abnormal returns from directors trading for a new sample of directors trades 1984-1988, and finds that abnormal returns tend to be concentrated in smaller firms. When an appropriate benchmark portfolio is used, it is found that the significance of the abnormal returns is substantially reduced. The implication is that after allowing for a size effect, directors trading does not yield particularly high profits to either the directors themselves or to any outside investors mimicking those directors trades.

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Paper provided by Financial Markets Group in its series FMG Discussion Papers with number dp160.

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Date of creation: May 1993
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Handle: RePEc:fmg:fmgdps:dp160

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  1. Katherine Uylangco & Steve Easton & Robert Faff, 2010. "The equity and efficiency of the Australian share market with respect to director trading," Accounting Research Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 23(1), pages 5-19, July.
  2. Bruce Burton & A. Alasdair Lonie & David Power, 2003. "Insider trading, growth opportunities and the market reaction to new financing announcements," The European Journal of Finance, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 9(4), pages 301-322.
  3. Olaf Stotz, 2006. "Germany's New Insider Law: The Empirical Evidence after the First Year," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 7, pages 449-462, November.
  4. Philip Hamill & Philip McIlkenny & Kwaku Opong, 2002. "Directors' Share Dealings and Company Financial Performance," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 6(3), pages 215-234, September.
  5. Adriana Korczak & Piotr Korczak & Meziane Lasfer, 2010. "To Trade or Not to Trade: The Strategic Trading of Insiders around News Announcements," Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 37(3-4), pages 369-407.
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  10. Kyriacos Kyriacou & Bryan Mase, 2006. "The Adverse Consequences of Share-Based Pay in Risky Companies," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 10(3), pages 307-323, September.
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  13. Fidrmuc Jana P. & Goergen Marc & Renneborg Luc, 2005. "Insider Trading, News Releases and Ownership Concentration," Working Papers wpn05-03, Warwick Business School, Finance Group.
  14. Lisa Hotson & Navjot Kaur & Harminder Singh, 2007. "The Information Content of Directors’ Trades: Empirical Analysis of the Australian Market," Accounting, Finance, Financial Planning and Insurance Series 2007_19, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  15. Rose, Caspar, 2003. "Impact of investor meetings/presentations on share prices, insider trading and securities regulation," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 23(3), pages 227-236, September.
  16. Michael Firth & T. Y. Leung & Oliver M. Rui, 2011. "Insider Trading in Hong Kong: Tests of Stock Returns and Trading Frequency," Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies (RPBFMP), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 14(03), pages 505-533.
  17. Madura, Jeff & Marciniak, Marek, 2014. "Bidder country characteristics and informed trading in U.S. targets," Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 256-284.

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