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The Role of Equity Funds in the Financial Crisis Propagation

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  • Hau, Harald
  • Lai, Sandy

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The early stage of the recent financial crisis was marked by large value losses for bank stocks. This paper identifies the equity funds most affected by this valuation shock and examines its consequences for the non-financial stocks owned by the respective funds. We find that (i) ownership links to these 'distressed equity funds' lead to large underperformance of the most exposed non-financial stocks, and in aggregate this contributes an additional 10.9% to the overall stock market downturn; (ii) distressed fire sales and the associated price discounts are concentrated among those exposed stocks which perform relatively well; and (iii) stocks with higher fund ownership generally performed much better throughout the crisis.

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  • Hau, Harald & Lai, Sandy, 2012. "The Role of Equity Funds in the Financial Crisis Propagation," CEPR Discussion Papers 8819, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:8819
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    Keywords

    Financial Crisis Propagation; Fire Sales; Mutual Funds;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G23 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Non-bank Financial Institutions; Financial Instruments; Institutional Investors

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