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The house money and break-even effects for different types of traders: Evidence from Taiwan futures markets

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  • Huang, Yu Chuan
  • Chan, Shu Hui

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Using a set of transaction records from the Taiwan Futures Exchange, we examine risk-taking behavior subject to prior outcomes and study the house money and break-even effects across various trader types. The empirical results show that the degree of morning gains/losses nonlinearly influences afternoon risk taking for all trader types, but the pattern is different for each type. Active individuals exhibit a house money effect after experiencing large gains and exhibit a break-even effect after large and small losses. Futures proprietary firms exhibit a break-even effect only after experiencing large morning losses. By contrast, foreign institutions exhibit only a house money effect after they experience small gains. The additional risk-seeking behaviors of futures proprietary firms and foreign institutions do not have a significant influence on market volatility or liquidity; only active individuals' risk-seeking behaviors when facing large morning losses impact both market volatility and liquidity.

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  • Huang, Yu Chuan & Chan, Shu Hui, 2014. "The house money and break-even effects for different types of traders: Evidence from Taiwan futures markets," Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Elsevier, vol. 26(C), pages 1-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:pacfin:v:26:y:2014:i:c:p:1-13
    DOI: 10.1016/j.pacfin.2013.10.008
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    House money effect; Break-even effect; Risk-taking behavior;
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    JEL classification:

    • G10 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions

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