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Sooner or later: delays in trade reporting by corporate insiders

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  • Betzer, André
  • Theissen, Erik

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Until October 2004 corporate insiders in Germany were required to report trades in the shares of their firm 'without delay'. In practice substantial reporting delays were common. We show that the delays are systematically related to the characteristics of the firm. Delays are longer in widely-held firms and in firms using German accounting standards. This suggests that managers of these firms are less responsive to the informational requirements of the capital market. We further find that abnormal returns after the reporting date of an insider trade are independent of the reporting delay. This implies that prices are distorted in the period between the trading and the reporting date. This is a strong point in favor of regulation requiring and enforcing immediate disclosure of insider trades.

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  • Betzer, André & Theissen, Erik, 2008. "Sooner or later: delays in trade reporting by corporate insiders," CFR Working Papers 08-06, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfrwps:0806
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    1. Betzer, André & Gider, Jasmin & Metzger, Daniel & Theissen, Erik, 2009. "Strategic trading and trade reporting by corporate insiders," CFR Working Papers 09-15, University of Cologne, Centre for Financial Research (CFR).
    2. Sebastian Dickgiesser & Christoph Kaserer, 2010. "Market Efficiency Reloaded: Why Insider Trades do not Reveal Exploitable Information," German Economic Review, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 11, pages 302-335, August.
    3. repec:spr:decisn:v:44:y:2017:i:4:d:10.1007_s40622-017-0167-3 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    insider trading; directors' dealings; accounting standards;

    JEL classification:

    • G14 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Information and Market Efficiency; Event Studies; Insider Trading
    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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