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Who are the value and growth investors?

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  • Betermier, Sebastien
  • Calvet, Laurent E.
  • Sodini, Paolo

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This paper investigates the determinants of value and growth investing in a large administrative panel of Swedish residents over the 1999-2007 period. We document strong relationships between a household's portfolio tilt and the household's financial and demographic characteristics. Value investors have higher financial and real estate wealth, lower leverage, lower income risk, lower human capital, and are more likely to be female than the average growth investor. Households actively migrate to value stocks over the life-cycle and, at higher frequencies, dynamically offset the passive variations in the value tilt induced by market movements. We verify that these results are not driven by cohort effects, financial sophistication, biases toward popular or professionally close stocks, or unobserved heterogeneity in preferences. We relate these household-level results to some of the leading explanations of the value premium.

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  • Betermier, Sebastien & Calvet, Laurent E. & Sodini, Paolo, 2014. "Who are the value and growth investors?," CFS Working Paper Series 455, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:cfswop:455
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    1. Martin Lettau & Sydney C. Ludvigson & Sai Ma, 2014. "Capital Share Risk in U.S. Asset Pricing," NBER Working Papers 20744, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Massa, Massimo & Simonov, Andrei & Stenkrona, Anders, 2015. "Style representation and portfolio choice," Journal of Financial Markets, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 1-25.
    3. Cronqvist, Henrik & Siegel, Stephan & Yu, Frank, 2015. "Value versus growth investing: Why do different investors have different styles?," Journal of Financial Economics, Elsevier, vol. 117(2), pages 333-349.
    4. Lettau, Martin & Ludvigson, Sydney & Ma, Sai, 2015. "Capital Share Risk and Shareholder Heterogeneity in U.S. Stock Pricing," CEPR Discussion Papers 10335, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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    Keywords

    asset pricing; value premium; household finance; portfolio allocation; human capital; G-SIFIs;

    JEL classification:

    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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