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Investor sentiment and the mean-variance relationship: European evidence

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This paper investigates the impact of investor sentiment on the mean-variance relationship in 14 European stock markets. Applying three approaches to define investors’ neutrality and determine high and low sentiment periods, we find that individual investors’ increased presence and trading over high-sentiment periods would undermine the risk-return tradeoff. More importantly, we report that investors’ optimism (pessimism) is more determined by their normal sentiment state, represented by the all-period average sentiment level, rather than the neutrality value set in sentiment surveys.

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  • Wang, Wenzhao, 2018. "Investor sentiment and the mean-variance relationship: European evidence," Research in International Business and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 227-239.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:riibaf:v:46:y:2018:i:c:p:227-239
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ribaf.2018.02.006
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    Investor sentiment; Mean-variance relationship; Risk-return tradeoff; Volatility;
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    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G15 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - International Financial Markets
    • G41 - Financial Economics - - Behavioral Finance - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making in Financial Markets

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