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Trading patterns at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1931-1940

  • Jean-Pascal Bassino
  • Thomas Lagoarde-Segot

This paper relies on daily price indices for stocks and bonds to analyze the functioning of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) in the period 1931-1940. Although the TSE was a large and liquid market, its pricing mechanisms significantly deviated from weak-form efficiency. In this context, zaibatsu insiders were able to make abnormal returns via informed trading, while other uninformed investors could rely on technical rules to make abnormal profits. The TSE was a risky financial environment in which investors adjusted their portfolios significantly in the aftermath of major events. Potential herding behaviours, price manipulation and reciprocal positive causality (contagion) were observed across markets. These deficiencies may partially explain Japan’s shift to bank-centered finance after WWII.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic History, Research School of Economics, Australian National University in its series CEH Discussion Papers with number 012.

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