Institutional Trading Behavior in the ETF Market

49 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2011

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Hsuan‐Chi Chen

University of New Mexico - Anderson School of Management

Jen-Kai Ho

Yuan Ze University

Christine W. Lai

Yuan Ze University

Emmanuel Morales-Camargo

The University of Texas at Arlington

Date Written: September, 26 2011

Abstract

We examine the trading behavior of institutional investors in the Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) market from 1993 to 2007. We concentrate on the relation between cross-sectional institutional ETF ownership and returns, particularly on the relation between changes in ownership and future returns, between past returns and institutional ownership, and between changes in ownership across institution classes (i.e. herding). Our results do not show evidence of a significant relation between changes in institutional ownership and future ETF returns. However, consistent with the use of negative feedback investment strategies, institutional investors tend to exhibit excess demands for past losers, especially in sector and international ETFs. They also exhibit high degrees of herding behavior, with banks driving the bulk of these results. Furthermore, their herding behavior is influenced by their experience in the ETF market and by certain ETF characteristics, such as liquidity and size, suggesting an aversion for information uncertainty leads them to herd.

Keywords: ETFs, institutional investor behavior, institutional ownership, herding, feedback investment strategies

JEL Classification: G10, G11, G14, G20

Suggested Citation

Chen, Hsuan-Chi and Ho, Jen-Kai and Lai, Christine W. and Morales-Camargo, Emmanuel, Institutional Trading Behavior in the ETF Market (September, 26 2011). Midwest Finance Association 2012 Annual Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1934056 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1934056

Hsuan-Chi Chen

University of New Mexico - Anderson School of Management ( email )

1924 Las Lomas NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.mgt.unm.edu/faculty/directoryArea.asp#FIN

Jen-Kai Ho

Yuan Ze University ( email )

135, Far-East Rd., Chung-Li
Taoyuan, ROC
Taiwan

Christine W. Lai

Yuan Ze University ( email )

135, Far-East Rd., Chung-Li
Taoyuan, ROC
Taiwan

Emmanuel Morales-Camargo (Contact Author)

The University of Texas at Arlington ( email )

701 S. West Street
Arlington, TX 76019
United States
(817) 272-1276 (Phone)

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