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Speculative Retail Trading and Asset Prices


Bing Han


University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business

Alok Kumar


University of Miami - School of Business Administration

November 10, 2011

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Forthcoming

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This paper examines the characteristics and pricing of stocks that are actively traded by speculative retail investors. We find that stocks with high "retail trading proportion" (RTP) have strong lottery features and they attract retail investors who are known to exhibit a strong propensity to gamble with stocks. High levels of RTP also reflect active trading by risk-seeking "realization utility" investors. Stocks whose trading are dominated by speculative retail investors tend to be overpriced and earn significantly negative alpha. The average return difference between the top and the bottom RTP quintiles is about -0.60% per month. This negative RTP premium is stronger among stocks that have lottery features or are located in regions in which people exhibit a stronger propensity to gamble. Collectively, these results indicate that speculative retail trading importantly affect stock prices.

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Date posted: April 2, 2009 ; Last revised: April 20, 2012

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Han, Bing and Kumar, Alok, Speculative Retail Trading and Asset Prices (November 10, 2011). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1371780 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1371780

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Bing Han
University of Texas at Austin - McCombs School of Business ( email )
1 University Station - B6600
Austin, TX 78712
United States
(512) 232-6822 (Phone)
Alok Kumar (Contact Author)
University of Miami - School of Business Administration ( email )
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Department of Finance
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6552
United States
305-284-1882 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://moya.bus.miami.edu/~akumar
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