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Information, Diversification, and Cost of Capital

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  • Hughes, John S
  • Liu, Jing
  • Liu, Jun

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We investigate the effects of information and diversification on cost of capital in a noisy rational expectations model. Assuming a factor structure for risky asset payoffs and two classes of investors, informed and uninformed, we show that in large economies the APT (Ross, 1976) holds and i) information from private signals about idiosyncratic shocks has no effect on cost of capital and ii) information from private signals about systematic factors affects cost of capital only through factor risk premiums; there is no effect on factor loadings. These results imply that there are no cross-sectional effects of information on cost of capital within large economies.

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  • Hughes, John S & Liu, Jing & Liu, Jun, 2005. "Information, Diversification, and Cost of Capital," University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management qt82j2d59r, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA.
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    1. Bardong, Florian & Bartram, Söhnke M. & Yadav, Pradeep K., 2005. "Informed Trading, Information Asymmetry and Pricing of Information Risk: Empirical Evidence from the NYSE," MPRA Paper 13586, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Oct 2008.
    2. Fatma Triki & Rym Hachana, 2008. "Impact De La Qualite Du Resultat Comptable Sur Le Cout Des Fonds Propres Des Entreprises Tunisiennes," Post-Print halshs-00525990, HAL.
    3. Luzi Hail & Christian Leuz, 2006. "International Differences in the Cost of Equity Capital: Do Legal Institutions and Securities Regulation Matter?," Journal of Accounting Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 44(3), pages 485-531, June.
    4. Rahul Ravi, 2015. "Is there Asymmetric Information About Systematic Factors? Evidence from Commonality in Liquidity," The International Journal of Business and Finance Research, The Institute for Business and Finance Research, vol. 9(2), pages 93-104.

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