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The Use of Momentum, Contrarian and Buy-&-Hold Strategies: Survey Evidence from Fund Managers

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  • Brozynski, Torsten
  • Menkhoff, Lukas
  • Schmidt, Ulrich

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This study provides evidence from a questionnaire survey of fund managers. We find that the majority of respondents rely on momentum, contrarian and buy-&-hold strategies to some degree. Although there were few applicants who exclusively rely on a single trading strategy, clear preferences emerged. All kinds of predetermined trading strategies are preferred by younger and less experienced professionals. Moreover, contrarian traders show signs of overconfidence, disposition effect and reliance on non-fundamental information. A more conventional contrast is provided by fundamentally oriented and risk averse buy-&-hold traders, whereas momentum traders appear as the least risk averse professionals who may aim for exploiting the sub-optimal behavior of others.

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  • Brozynski, Torsten & Menkhoff, Lukas & Schmidt, Ulrich, 2003. "The Use of Momentum, Contrarian and Buy-&-Hold Strategies: Survey Evidence from Fund Managers," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-290, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
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    1. Robert J. Bianchi & Michael E. Drew & John Polichronis, 2005. "A test of momentum trading strategies in foreign exchange markets: evidence from the G7," Global Business and Economics Review, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 7(2/3), pages 155-179.
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    Keywords

    momentum trading; buy-&-hold strategy; contrarian strategy; market efficiency;

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

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