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Itchy Feet vs Cool Heads: Flow of Funds in an Agent-based Financial Market

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  • Jan Palczewsk
  • Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppé
  • Tongya Wang

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Investors tend to move funds when they are unhappy with their current portfolio managers׳ performance. We study the effect of the size of this flow of funds in an agent-based model of the financial market. The model combines the discrete choice approach from agent-based modelling, where all capital is mobile, with the evolutionary finance framework where all growth is endogenous. Our results show that, if investors exhibit recency bias in evaluating portfolio managers׳ performance, even a small amount of freely flowing capital has a huge impact on the market dynamics and the survival of noise traders. We also find that investors׳ intensity of choice is a driving force for excess volatility and extreme price movements when the size of the flow of funds is large.
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  • Jan Palczewsk & Klaus Reiner Schenk-Hoppé & Tongya Wang, 2015. "Itchy Feet vs Cool Heads: Flow of Funds in an Agent-based Financial Market," The School of Economics Discussion Paper Series 1507, Economics, The University of Manchester.
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    • D53 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Financial Markets
    • G18 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques

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