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Investors’ Horizons and the Amplification of Market Shocks

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  • Cristina Cella
  • Andrew Ellul
  • Mariassunta Giannetti

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This paper shows that during episodes of market turmoil 13F institutional investors with short trading horizons sell their stockholdings to a larger extent than 13F institutional investors with longer trading horizons. This creates price pressure for stocks mostly held by short horizon investors, which, as a consequence, experience larger price drops, and subsequent reversals, than stocks mostly held by long horizon investors. These findings, obtained after controlling for the withdrawals experienced by the investors, are not driven by other institutional investors’ and firms’ characteristics. Overall, the evidence indicates that investors with short horizons amplify the effects of market-wide negative shocks by demanding liquidity at times when other potential buyers’ capital is scarce.

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  • Cristina Cella & Andrew Ellul & Mariassunta Giannetti, "undated". "Investors’ Horizons and the Amplification of Market Shocks," FMG Discussion Papers dp717, Financial Markets Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:fmg:fmgdps:dp717
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    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates
    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
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