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Evidence on Tax-Motivated Securities Trading Behavior

  • Badrinath, S G
  • Lewellen, Wilbur G
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    Tax-loss selling by investors in common stocks near the end of calendar years has been proposed as an explanation for the turn-of-the-year effect in stock returns. Past analyses of this hypothesis have relied on inferential data. The authors provide here some direct data from a compilation of over 80,000 actual common stock investment round trips by a sample of 3,000 individual investors. The authors find strong evidence of a concentration of loss-taking trades late in the year and milder evidence of a concentration just prior to the dates when investments become eligible for long-term tax treatment. Copyright 1991 by American Finance Association.

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    Volume (Year): 46 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 1 (March)
    Pages: 369-82

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