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Asset Pricing in the Dark: The Cross Section of OTC Stocks


Andrew Ang


BlackRock, Inc

Assaf A. Shtauber


Columbia University - Columbia Business School

Paul C. Tetlock


Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics

July 1, 2013


Abstract:     
Over-the-counter (OTC) stocks are far less liquid, disclose less information, and exhibit lower institutional holdings than listed stocks. We exploit these different market conditions to test theories of cross-sectional return premiums. Compared to premiums in listed markets, the OTC illiquidity premium is several times higher, the size, value, and volatility premiums are similar, and the momentum premium is three times lower. The OTC illiquidity, size, value, and volatility premiums are largest among stocks held predominantly by retail investors and those not disclosing financial information. Theories of differences in investors’ opinions and limits on short sales help explain these return premiums.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 76

Keywords: Illiquidity Premium, Limits to Arbitrage, Over-the-Counter Markets, OTC Stocks, Pink Sheets, Bulletin Board, Disclosure, Return Anomalies

JEL Classification: G10, G12, G14


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Date posted: November 26, 2010 ; Last revised: August 2, 2013

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Ang, Andrew and Shtauber, Assaf A. and Tetlock, Paul C., Asset Pricing in the Dark: The Cross Section of OTC Stocks (July 1, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1715463 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1715463

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Andrew Ang
BlackRock, Inc ( email )
55 East 52nd Street
New York City, NY 10055
United States
Assaf A. Shtauber
Columbia University - Columbia Business School ( email )
3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Paul C. Tetlock (Contact Author)
Columbia Business School - Finance and Economics ( email )
3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States
212-854-9895 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www0.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/ptetlock/

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