Gone Fishin': Seasonality in Trading Activity and Asset Prices

Journal of Financial Markets, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 672-702, 2008

47 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2011

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Harrison G. Hong

Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jialin Yu

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Finance

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Date Written: October 1, 2008

Abstract

We use seasonality in stock trading activity associated with summer vacation as a source of exogenous variation to study the relationship between trading volume and expected return. Using data from 51 stock markets, we first confirm a widely held belief that stock turnover is significantly lower during the summer because market participants are on vacation. Interestingly, we find that mean stock return is also lower during the summer for countries with significant declines in trading activity. This relationship is not due to time-varying volatility. Moreover, both large and small investors trade less and the price of trading (bid-ask spread) is higher during the summer. These findings suggest that heterogeneous agent models are essential for a complete understanding of asset prices.

Suggested Citation

Hong, Harrison G. and Yu, Jialin, Gone Fishin': Seasonality in Trading Activity and Asset Prices (October 1, 2008). Journal of Financial Markets, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp. 672-702, 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949419

Harrison G. Hong

Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics ( email )

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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Jialin Yu (Contact Author)

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) - Department of Finance ( email )

Clear Water Bay, Kowloon
Hong Kong

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