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The Determinants of Short Selling: Evidence from the Hong Kong Equity Market

34 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012  

Michael D. McKenzie

The University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance; University of Cambridge - Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF); Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Olan T. Henry

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics

Date Written: October 2012

Abstract

While most financial regulators agree that short sellers have an important role to play in ensuring an efficiently functioning market, it is interesting to note that many did not hesitate to ban short selling during the recent financial crisis. This apparent contradiction most likely stems from a lack of understanding about what motivates short trading. In this paper, we focus on the determinants of short selling during ‘normal’ trading in the Hong Kong stock market. We find that dividend payments, company fundamentals, risk, option trading, the interest rate spread and past returns and short selling are all significant determinants of short selling.

Keywords: Short selling, Equities, Market efficiency

Suggested Citation

McKenzie, Michael D. and Henry, Olan T., The Determinants of Short Selling: Evidence from the Hong Kong Equity Market (October 2012). Accounting & Finance, Vol. 52, pp. 183-216, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157863 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-629X.2011.00437.x

Michael David McKenzie

The University of Sydney - Discipline of Finance ( email )

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University of Cambridge - Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF) ( email )

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Financial Research Network (FIRN)

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Queensland
Australia

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Olan T. Henry

University of Melbourne - Department of Economics ( email )

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Australia
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