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Detecting Informed Trading Activities in the Options Markets: Appendix on Subprime Financial Crisis

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  • Marc CHESNEY

    (University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute)

  • Remo CRAMERI

    (University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute (Ph.D Program))

  • Loriano MANCINI

    (EPFL and Swiss Finance Institute)

Abstract

This appendix extends the empirical results in Chesney, Crameri, and Mancini (2011). Informed trading activities on put and call options are analyzed for 19 companies in the banking and insurance sectors from January 1996 to September 2009. Our empirical findings suggest that certain events such as the takeovers of AIG and Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, the collapse of Bear Stearns Corporation and public announcements of large losses/writedowns are preceded by informed trading activities in put and call options. The realized gains amount to several hundreds of millions of dollars. Several cases are discussed in detail.

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  • Marc CHESNEY & Remo CRAMERI & Loriano MANCINI, "undated". "Detecting Informed Trading Activities in the Options Markets: Appendix on Subprime Financial Crisis," Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series 11-38, Swiss Finance Institute.
  • Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp1138
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    Keywords

    options trades; open interest; informed trading; false discovery rate;

    JEL classification:

    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G13 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Contingent Pricing; Futures Pricing
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G17 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Financial Forecasting and Simulation
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • C61 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Optimization Techniques; Programming Models; Dynamic Analysis
    • C65 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools

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