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Decentralized Investment Banking: The Case of Discount Dividend-Reinve stment and Stock-Purchase Plans

  • Myron S. Scholes
  • Mark A. Wolfson

Discount dividend-reinvestment and stock-purchase plans allow shareholders to capture part of the underwriting fees incurred in new stock offerings and save sponsoring firms some of the usual underwriting costs. We tested the degree to which individual investors can profitably serve this investment banking function by implementing simple investment/trading strategies designed to capture the discounts and distribute the shares in the market. The large profits earned by our strategies raise serious questions about why it takes firms so long to raise the target level of capital and why many eligible shareholders do not participate in these discount plans.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3093.

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Date of creation: Sep 1989
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Publication status: published as Journal of Financial Economics, September 1989.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:3093
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