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The Misinformation Effect In Financial Markets – An Emerging Issue In Behavioural Finance

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  • Mateusz Polak

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Abstract

The following paper is a theoretical introduction of the misinformation effect to behavioural finance. The misinformation effect causes a memory report regarding an event or particular knowledge to become contaminated with misleading information from another source. The paper aims to describe possible impact of the aforementioned phenomenon on the interpretation of stock market data, as well as the consequences of misinformation on investment-related decisions and the effective market hypothesis.

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  • Mateusz Polak, 2012. "The Misinformation Effect In Financial Markets – An Emerging Issue In Behavioural Finance," "e-Finanse", University of Information Technology and Management, Institute of Financial Research and Analysis, vol. 8(3), pages 55-61, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rze:efinan:v:8:y:2012:i:3:p:55-61
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    Keywords

    behavioural finance; stock market psychology; misinformation effect;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • G02 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Behavioral Finance: Underlying Principles
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading

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