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Price Impact Asymmetry of Block Trades: An Institutional Trading

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Empirical research in finance documented the existence of a permanent price impact asymmetry between buyer and seller-initiated block trades: the permanent price impact of buys is larger than that of sells. This paper develops a theoretical model to explain and investigate the asymmetry phenomenon. The model formalizes an intuition that the dynamic trading strategy of profit-maximizing institutional portfolio managers creates a difference between the information content of buys and sells. It is this difference that causes the expected permanent price impact asymmetry. The model produces new empirical implications concerning the relationship between the asymmetry phenomenon and the economic environment. The main implication of the model

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  • Gideon Saar, 1999. "Price Impact Asymmetry of Block Trades: An Institutional Trading," New York University, Leonard N. Stern School Finance Department Working Paper Seires 99-030, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business-.
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