Institutional Ownership, Volatility and Dividends
Simon Fraser University (SFU) - Beedie School of Business; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah
Daniel R. Smith
Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance; Simon Fraser University; Financial Research Network (FIRN)
January 23, 2008
AFA 2008 New Orleans Meetings Paper
We study the effect of a firm's dividend policy on the relation between the levels of institutional ownership and stock return volatility. We find that the sign of the correlation between institutional ownership and volatility depends on the firm's dividend policy: institutional ownership is negatively (positively) related to volatility among non-dividend (dividend) paying stocks. The empirical results are consistent with a tradeoff between institutional preference for low volatility and the tendency of higher levels of institutional ownership to increase volatility through their trading behavior. This result is robust to many control variables and the possible endogeneity of the level of institutional ownership. Supporting our conjecture that institutions herd on dividend signals we find that the correlation between turnover and institutional ownership is higher for dividend paying stocks, and that the positive correlation between turnover and institutional ownership is higher on dividend declaration days. Finally, we also find that the level of institutional ownership drops following an increase in volatility for both dividend payers and non-payers, and that volatility rises following increased institutional ownership for dividend paying stocks.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: Dividend policy, Herding, Institutional Investors, Ownership Structure, Volatility
JEL Classification: G32, G35working papers series
Date posted: August 30, 2006 ; Last revised: January 25, 2008
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