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Tax Induced Trading: The Effect of the 1986 Tax Reform Act on Stock Market Activity

  • Paul J. Bolster
  • Lawrence B. Lindsey
  • Andrew W. Mitrusi
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    The abolition of the favorable tax treatment of long term capital gains forced investors to reassess traditional year-end trading strategies used to manage tax liabilities. This study compares with year-end trading behavior in previous years with that observed at the end of 1986. Traditional strategies involve selling both short and long term losers and holding short and long term winners. Our results affirm previous findings concerning tax induced trading at year end. However, for 1986, we find that the anticipated tax code changes had a powerful effect on trading behavior. Compared to previous years, relative trading volume was considerably higher in December of 1986 for long term winners and lower for long term losers. Additional results indicate that traditional patterns of trading induced by short term capital gains and losses were also altered substantially in 1986.

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    Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 2659.

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    Date of creation: Jul 1988
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    Publication status: published as The Journal of Finance, Vol. XLIV, No. 2, pp. 327-344, (June 1989).
    Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2659
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