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What drives the herding behavior of individual investors?

Listed author(s):
  • Maxime Merli
  • Tristan Roger

We introduce a new measure of herding that allows for tracking dynamics of individual herding. Using a database of nearly 8 million trades by 87,373 retail investors between 1999 and 2006, we show that individual herding is persistent over time and that past performance and the level of sophistication influence this behavior. We are also able to answer a question that was previously unaddressed in the literature: is herding profitable for investors? Our unique dataset reveals that the investors trading against the crowd tend to exhibit more extreme returns and poorer risk-adjusted performance than the herders.

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Article provided by Presses universitaires de Grenoble in its journal Finance.

Volume (Year): 34 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 67-104

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