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Home Away From Home: Geography of Information and Local Investors

69 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2010 Last revised: 12 Nov 2013

Gennaro Bernile

University of Miami - School of Business Administration

Alok Kumar

University of Miami - School of Business Administration

Johan Sulaeman

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Finance

Date Written: September 11, 2013

Abstract

We develop a 10K-based measure of spatial variation in the availability of value-relevant information that reflects the multi-dimensional nature of firm location. Spatially distributed information generates location-based information asymmetries that affect institutional portfolio decisions and performance. Institutions overweigh firms with greater local economic exposure and earn superior returns on corresponding trades, even for firms not headquartered locally. These patterns are stronger among harder-to-value stocks. Consistent with local informational advantage, local investor performance increases with the local exposure of individual stock holdings and her portfolio as a whole, and more so when her portfolio is more heavily tilted toward local stocks.

Keywords: Multi-Dimensional Firm Location, Information Asymmetry, Local Informational Advantage

JEL Classification: D82, G11, G12, G20

Suggested Citation

Bernile, Gennaro and Kumar, Alok and Sulaeman, Johan, Home Away From Home: Geography of Information and Local Investors (September 11, 2013). 26th Australasian Finance and Banking Conference 2013; AFA 2012 Chicago Meetings Paper; 14th Annual Conference of Financial Economics and Accounting 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1711653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1711653

Gennaro Bernile

University of Miami - School of Business Administration ( email )

5250 University Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33146
United States

Alok Kumar

University of Miami - School of Business Administration ( email )

514 Jenkins Building
Department of Finance
Coral Gables, FL 33124-6552
United States
305-284-1882 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://moya.bus.miami.edu/~akumar

Johan Sulaeman (Contact Author)

National University of Singapore (NUS) - Department of Finance ( email )

Mochtar Riady Building
15 Kent Ridge Drive
Singapore, 119245
Singapore

HOME PAGE: http://sites.google.com/site/johansulaeman/

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