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Culture's impact on institutional investors' trading frequency

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  • Beracha, Eli
  • Fedenia, Mark
  • Skiba, Hilla

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This paper examines how cross-cultural differences influence institutional investors' trading frequency within their own portfolio. We find evidence that as cultural distance between the investors and their stock holdings increases, institutions trade with lower frequency. Findings are consistent with our hypothesis that trading frequency and cultural distance are negatively related due to increasing difficulty of interpreting investment environments in culturally distant foreign markets. We also show that traders from different cultural backgrounds behave differently when faced with information asymmetry that cultural differences generate. Specifically, we show that ambiguity aversion and lower trust relate to lower trading frequencies at home and abroad.

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  • Beracha, Eli & Fedenia, Mark & Skiba, Hilla, 2014. "Culture's impact on institutional investors' trading frequency," International Review of Financial Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 31(C), pages 34-47.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:finana:v:31:y:2014:i:c:p:34-47
    DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2013.10.002
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    Keywords

    Trading frequency; Institutional investor; Culture; Home bias; Ambiguity aversion; Trust;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General

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