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Corporate Bankruptcy and Insider Trading

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  • Seyhun, H Nejat
  • Bradley, Michael

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The authors document significant sales by the insiders of firms filing bankruptcy petitions prior to the filing date. They also find that selling is more intense for top executives and officers and that insiders in general systematically sell stock before prices fall and buy stock after prices have fallen. Although this trading pattern may simply reflect an implicit compensation arrangement between insiders and stockholders, the significant sell-off does raise potential questions regarding managements' incentives to maximize shareholder wealth throughout the Chapter 11 process. Copyright 1997 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Seyhun, H Nejat & Bradley, Michael, 1997. "Corporate Bankruptcy and Insider Trading," The Journal of Business, University of Chicago Press, vol. 70(2), pages 189-216, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jnlbus:v:70:y:1997:i:2:p:189-216
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